April 25th, 2012

Michel Threatens Hunters

So the fightback begins, and not just from Hunt, who quite fairly wants his day in court. The statement he put out last night claimed some of the information was inaccurate and it later emerged the the Permanent Secretary at Culture had given permission for Hunt SpAd Adam Smith to hand hold BSkyB through the bid. Guido doubts that permission would have extended to accurate pre-parliament tip-offs though…

The other man kicking back is the spinmeister Fred Michel who has given a less than subtle threat via Iain Martin:

“If a diary of all Fred Michel’s meetings with senior government figures and MPs was to be published at some point, then a lot of well-placed people in the three main parties would feature. Oh, and he’s a neighbour and close friend of Nick Clegg. This could get even messier.”

By the end of Rupert Murdoch’s testimony today we could all be talking about much more than Hunt…


119 Comments

  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Government ministers of whatever stripe are driven by desire for power and financial self-interest shocker. This is what inevitably happens when a group of chinless wonder no-marks get hold of the levers controlling 50% or more of the economic output of a country.

  2. 2
    Kebab time says:

    Hurray

  3. 3
    yeah, right.... says:

    Perhaps we might be talking about why we allow governments to award themselves the power to decide who owns TV companies.

    They darent dictate who owns our supermarkets, or fast food chains. Why should TV be any different? The plurality argument just doesnt hold water when there are so many media outlets offering news and opinion.

    This current balls up just proves that not only are they not worthy of such power, they also cant discharge it compentently.

  4. 4
    Sizzla says:

    Hunt looks doomed but the same for Vince “two face” Cable and Alex Salmond who was cooking up hidden deals for Murdoch’s tabloid support.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Supermarket and fast food bosses don’t spend quite so much time bossing around prime ministers and leaders of the opposition.

  6. 6
    The Old Todger says:

    This more interesting than Sky ever broadcast, if that threat by Fred Michel via Iain Martin comes to light, the tumbrils will be rolling through the streets.

  7. 7

    Glad to see a willingness to be fair for Hunt who, despite his infortunate surname, is still entitled to a hearing. Just remember all those Labour ministers who we knew did all sorts of wrong but refused to step down. I posted a list of 59 of them on the last page. Only one could be considered for parole and that is by being generous.

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    OT Why do the BBC news lead with ‘today we will learn whether the UK is in recession…blah blah…economists are expecting small growth.’ So in other words we probably wont be in recession you bunch of biased lefty twats.

  9. 9

    Yep – and exactly why we do not need capital punishment back on the books – give these Huhnes the power of life or death over it’s citizens? I THINK NOT!!

  10. 10
    The Old Todger says:

    Certain supermarkets seemed to expand exponentially during the years of B’Liar.

  11. 11

    If Hunt does turn out to be guilty, and he might be, then there are another 500 at least to be frogmarched out of that House. Are there enough pikes available to place on Wetminster Bridge, in order to mount their heads on after due process has taken place?

  12. 12
    Drought Update, Day 10: rain, rain, rain and more rain. says:

    Another interesting comment in Martin’s article: “he [Michel] was pivotal in helping manage News International’s relations with the Tory leadership .. when the party was preparing for power.”

    He’s shitting us, surely? The Tory leadership prepared for power??

    I thought Cameron’s preparations (2005-2010) extended no further than deciding what colour to paint the kitchen in Number 10.

  13. 13
    Kebab time says:

    Excelerant point

  14. 14
    Kebab time says:

    :)

  15. 15
    Steve Miliband says:

    If every bit of gossip/innuendo/leak/fact garnered by lobbyists were laid out to the enquiry there would be very few ministers past and present left standing.

    Meanwhile the Euro continues to pull down Europe

  16. 16
    Hang The Bastards says:

    The only way to sort this lot out is for the PUBLIC to not vote for any sitting MP. Then we are guaranteed 600+ new fresh Public fearing faces….

  17. 17
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    Its the role of political advisers to carry the can,
    and the privilege of politicians to piss in it.

    Lets see if the adage holds true this time

  18. 18
    Tone says:

    Every little helps!

  19. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    It’s a judge and jury that decides if you’re guilty of murder you fuckwit.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Wha’ts misfortunate about the name Hunt?

  21. 21
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Popcorn sales through the roof!

  22. 22
    Kebab time says:

    I am not sure this would help

  23. 23
    Steve Miliband says:

    Linda Snell was struggling on Newsnight to defend Labours ‘Wesign’ position

  24. 24
    Loungelizard says:

    Off thread but has anyone else noticed the BBC continual use of the word Recession over the past few days. Talk about something enough and people will start to believe you….

  25. 25
    The Old Todger says:

    There are parts of the UK which are doing extremely well and other parts which are negative so overall the UK is either level or in mild recession. If the booming parts of the economy go belly up, the UK is absolutely in recession

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Double jeopardy! Do keep up.

  27. 27
    Kebab time says:

    actaually it is just the jury you fuckwit

  28. 28

    You can’t do it with dogs. Remember?

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    81lly, is that you

  30. 30
    Steve Miliband says:

    The point is how the BBC frame the news item.

  31. 31
    Hang The Bastards says:

    He’s a K..unt

  32. 32
    Edward speaks Balls says:

    Or, we might be talking about a double dip recession! Yippeeeee!

  33. 33

    BTW Don’t need rope this time. Just several really well sharpened axes.

  34. 34
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    You may wish to check that statement out….

  35. 35
    Tittman says:

    Wasn’t Prescott’s son somehow involved in planning issues (for a supermarket?)

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    And the FT, and the Telegraph, and now Sky news. Shit, it’s a pinky, lefty, homo enclave cabal. Glad that there’s places like this left where I can come and hear all about conspiracies and realise that there’s only one way forward

  37. 37
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Agreed.
    The real part of the economy is doing pretty well.
    It is the Zombie element, propped up by a rediculous govt overspend that is in recession.
    Eventually, the useless part of the economy will shrink to a size where it is less significant in the figures and ‘the economy returns to growth’ will be the headlines.

  38. 38
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    and the same army of manipulators behind the scenes

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Th pity of it all is that Rupey seems to be profiting out of it all

  40. 40
    A pragmatist says:

    Kerrching!

  41. 41
    B Boyd says:

    Roll on the Revolution! Crow for President, viva Serwotka! Red Ken i/c Government hospitality!

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    “The Court” will do.

  43. 43
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Bunch of squealing Hunts now doing a lot of squealing.
    I’m gonna need more popcorn.
    Kebabs later, I think.

  44. 44
    The Old Todger says:

    It would certainly make for a more lively election if by some chance ALL constituencies were marginal, it just might get more peole voting instead of being discouraged from voting because safe seat is so safe that only the disolution of the incumbant party would remove them.

  45. 45
    misterned says:

    I hope that Murdoch destroys and burys the tories and labour. Let’s face it, before Cameron initiated this Blairite “screw the tories” Leveson inquiry, both the tories and labour had thoroughly whored themselves to Murdoch for decades.

    Murdoch must have enough dirt on all of them to thoroughly clean the Augean stables.

  46. 46
    jgm2 says:

    On the other hand if the negative parts of the UK were to get a job instead of waiting for some Pole or Romanian to take it then we’d be well out of recession.

  47. 47
    Raving Loon says:

    Can’t we just accept that all three parties are guilty, and most media companies are guilty, and just move on. This whole thing is such a non-story and just an attempt to introduce media control.

  48. 48
    David Camoron says:

    I already have power of life and death over you.

    Should I hire more Border Agency staff to stop terror!sts coming into Britain with the intention of mass-mu*rder during the Olymp!cs, or should I sack a few thousand Border agency staff “because there’s no money left” and simultaneously hand the IMF a cool £10billion to bail-out the Eurozone (after promising you that I wouldn’t)?

    Should I keep your local A&E unit open (after all, you paid for it and it’s there to save lives, possibly yours) or should I close it down “because there’s no money left” whilst simultaneously giving Ind!a £1.2billion to put towards its purchase of Mirage jetfighters from France?

    Decisions decisions..

  49. 49
    Felicity Kendal Mint Fake says:

    Quite some on here probably think today’s wind and rain is a Lefty Pinko conspiracy. Oh and Hunt is clearly guilty – in some ways the pseudo arms length approach he took to deflect against accusations of cronyism is even worse than if he had just popped round to the Murdoch’s for tea like Dave did. Dave will probably use him as a human shield and sack him (sorry resign him) by next week

  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    George Galloway and the S&P show the way.

    There is no such thing as a safe seat.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Murdoch may be a spent force but today he seems to be getting his own back – the git

  52. 52
    The Old Todger says:

    Cameron has stated that Hunt has his full confidence, oooops

  53. 53
    Not surprised says:

    Thick as thieves!

    This closeness to media moguls goes back to Thatcher’s days, ran out of control with Bliar and now all the chickens are coming home to roost. Gov’t should not decide who runs what, it should be independent.

    Hope they all get what they deserve!

  54. 54
    B Boyd says:

    Sorry, Steve – your message didn’t arrive. We assure you of our etc…

  55. 55
    Aunt Mat says:

    Is there anything on Ken Livingstone?

    He could be made to carry the can.

  56. 56
    George Osborne says:

    Are you sure these figures are correct? Have you missed off something? can you round them up a bit?

  57. 57
    Edward speaks Balls says:

    Told you so!

  58. 58
    misterned says:

    We are officially in recession.

    Well that about sums up British politics for me now. Labour and tory, both fucking useless on the economy as well as on the wrong side of the climate debate and the EU and pretty much everything else.

    Vote UKIP!

  59. 59
    Unelected Emperor of Britain, Herman van Rompuy says:

    You really think that would make a difference?

    Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa!

  60. 60
    Tone Made Me Do It - hes a very bad influence says:

    Here’s a link as to why TV station ownership has to be controled by the Government.
    How to subvert a democracy.

    http://iis-db.stanford.edu/evnts/3823/Montesinos_0421.pdf

    Don’t get mixed up Murdoch is not particularly Right-wing, I’m not even sure he’s even “of the right” its just he’s persauded the right that he his by being anti-euro and pro-Isreal. Most of the rest of his beliefs are not of the right: he’s anti-monarchy and “anti-establishment” which these days seems involve not wanting to pay tax in your host country.
    Look how he got into bed with nu-labour, to protect his own interests, not Englands.
    I’m an English nationalist Right -Winger (a long forgottton stand point in the Murdoch robber-baronry that is today’s Britain) , not a globalist right-winger. From my point of view Murdoch has become the very devil himself.

  61. 61
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    About time the news in the UK had some ‘balance’. Fox NewsUK would certainly be a start.

  62. 62
    Plato says:

    Murdoch is making an example of UK politicians.

    He is letting the rest of the world see what happens when you cross the Family.

    China – For Instance.

  63. 63
    Ben Downsukmicok says:

    Indeed. People shouldn’t be blamed for their name.

  64. 64
    Tone Made Me Do It - hes a very bad influence says:

    Here’s a link as to why TV station ownership has to be controled by the Government.
    How to subvert a democracy.

    http://iis-db.stanford.edu/evnts/3823/Montesinos_0421.pdf

    Don’t get mixed up Murdoch is not particularly Right-wing, I’m not even sure he’s even “of the right” its just he’s persauded the right that he his by being anti-euro and pro-Isreal. Most of the rest of his beliefs are not of the right: he’s anti-monarchy and “anti-establishment” which these days seems involve not wanting to pay tax in your host country.
    Look how he got into bed with nu-labour, to protect his own interests, not Englands.
    I’m an English nationalist Right -Winger (a long forgottton stand point in the Murdoch robber-baronry that is today’s Britain) , not a globalist right-winger. From my point of view Murdoch has become the very devil himself.

  65. 65
    Ah! Monika says:

    If all honest MPs were laid out end to end………

  66. 66
    The Old Todger says:

    Subsidies to Railway firms now how much would commuter fares go up in London and the SE, all the lovely things Boris is proposing for London (not to mention what Ken boy would spend)

  67. 67
    B Boyd says:

    The last Government stayed at arm’s length from News International at all times, so there’s nothing for us at the Beeb to hint at.

  68. 68

    Have to agree on that one Mr Ned.

    But Rupert has his own agenda…

  69. 69
    jgm2 says:

    GDP figures to reveal UK economy recession status

    It is rather a leading negative headline though isn’t it?

    A neutral statement would be

    GDP figures to reveal UK economic status

    or an upbeat headline would be

    GDP figures to reveal UK economy growth status

    You may sneer but, as with Blair and Campbell’s careful choice of words to justify their insane war in Iraq, the BBC knows exactly which words to use to push their agenda.

    Now, it may well be that we’re in technical recession by 0.1% or something but the willfully negative reporting by the BBC is hardly going to help is it?

  70. 70
    Well it's a thought says:

    What dig a hole and bury it out of the way just in case the smell taints your nostrils, if they have done nothing wrong they have nothing to fear, they will put in media controls in because they can and no doubt it’s been bought and paid for by someone who see’s money being made and this levason crap is just to pretend the politicians care about us trash.

  71. 71

    Take out the word honest and they all have been from what I have read.

  72. 72
    jgm2 says:

    Today’s wind and rain is further proof of global warming climate change.

  73. 73
    B Boyd says:

    In order to ensure impartiality, the BBC would be happy to control the media. Bring back Gordon!

  74. 74
    Cromwell says:

    Hang on, wasn’t m’lud Sainsbury in the Bliar cabinet? Making life taste bitter.

  75. 75

    Where did you suddenly spring from?

    Haven’t been eating the wrong veggies?

    That apart, agree entirely.

  76. 76
    jgm2 says:

    Ed Balls will be pleased.

  77. 77
    Ed Ballsup says:

    Yes! Yes! YES! THERE *IS* A GOD!! Oh joy! Joy!

  78. 78
    The Golem says:

    +1 with knobs on, Mr N.

  79. 79
    Ed Balls says:

    (4th attempt to post this com*ment)

    Oh Yes! Yes! YES! THERE IS A GO*D!! Oh joy! Joy!

  80. 80

    You may be not serious.

    I find that moniker hard to swallow.

  81. 81
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    As evidence I present you with one pair of pyjamas. Poo stained.

  82. 82
    OLD GIT says:

    WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER

  83. 83

    No shit Sherlock – I had no fucking idea, ATTT. When your fucking carer has wiped the spittle off your chin and the screen, ponder on how many “guilty” people have turned out to be innocent because the evidence put before the Judge and Jury was complete shite. You obviously trust the police far more than the BBC – you must be more stupid than your posts.

  84. 84

    testing:
    Government
    Ministers
    Whatever
    Stripe
    Driven
    Desire
    Power
    Financial
    self-interest
    shocker

    Seems OK guv. No leaks. That will be £70 cash ta!

  85. 85

    testing:
    Government
    Ministers
    Whatever
    Stripe
    *Drіven* (will just put that right for you, sir, there!)
    Desire
    Power
    Financial
    self-interest
    shocker

    Seems OK ow guv. No leaks. That will be £70 cash ta!

  86. 86
  87. 87
    Rupe says:

    Although I am ostensibly here in your great country to appear before your great and powerful Lord Leveson’s public inquiry.

    I am really here on a mission to personally choose tomorrows ti.ts for page 3 of my great and wonderful newspaper!

  88. 88
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Hopefully Michel will appear on Levison’s witness list, soon.

  89. 89

    Have you read Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Guido?

  90. 90
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yes – one would almost think Cameron is a mole for Blair and Mandelson.

  91. 91
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Testing:

    chinless

  92. 92
    Vested Interests says:

    Wonder if supermarkets are part of the cartel that pushes for endless mass immigration into Britain?

    Let’s face it, supermarkets stuffed with punters 24/7 spending dosh – wages or benefits – would be right up their street.

  93. 93
    cobber says:

    Its hard not to warm to Murdoch as Kenny Everett questions him

  94. 94
    Stan the Man says:

    Cut benefits to subsistence level. Benefits claimants don’t need fags or plasma TVs or the latest trainers for their kids.
    Actually, thinking about it, they don’t need kids.

  95. 95
    Michael Gove, Murdoch's liar in Cabinet says:

    Jeremy should have sought his own profit centre.

    I will instruct Ofsted to place ‘successful strategies in public corruption’ on the curriculum for private schools.

    Rupert may wish to merchandise some instructional software – I’ll mention it next time he dines with me.

  96. 96
    Corruption in politics is directly proportional to the involvement of government in society. says:

    Corruption in politics is directly proportional to the involvement of government in society.

  97. 97
    The great unwashed says:

    If Hunt was pro Murdoch, then why would Murdoch dish him? It doesn’t add up.

    Similarly, I would be more concerned if Ministers weren’t discussing important matters.

  98. 98
    Post hoc says:

    In terms of payback, Murdoch owes gordo and bliar much much more. Ed should be careful not to gloat too much just yet….

  99. 99
    Ah! Monika says:

    Jeremy, before you go, could you please turn off the BBC.

  100. 100
    yeah, right.... says:

    That’s an argument against Murdoch and NI, not for allowing political interference in the TV people choose to watch.

  101. 101
    You fat bastard says:

    And the reason the percentage of people with diabetes is going to double in the next few years is…

  102. 102
    yeah, right.... says:

    A plague on all their houses.

  103. 103
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    We’ve got to accept that, as James Naughtie put it, ALL politicians are HUNTS and Murdoch knows exactly how to play them.

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Interesting point.

    I remember the day after 9/11 all the foreigners stayed at home. Going to the supermarket was like being in England – I almost went back to buy more. Must have been bad for profits though: pity it didn’t last.

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    What a fucking stooge. Ukip are just liblabcons in better suits.

  106. 106
    Judge Jalland says:

    Gentlemen , if there is going to be disclosure of documents then there should full and frank disclosure of all documents not just those to which you wish to refer.

    I am therefore adjourning all matters until monday morning when I will require full disclosure by list from all of you on oath

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t say anything true about Thatcher – it upsets the vermin.

  108. 108
    Rinka Scott says:

    I am beginning to see why Kenneth Clarke is so reluctant to increase the number of prison places in the UK.

  109. 109
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    That Adam Boulton got mentioned in evidence yesterday. I do not think it wise that he is commentating on Leveson this morning.

    A strong editor would surely have put his foot down.

  110. 110
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Smith has gone!

    Les carrottes sont cuit.

  111. 111
    Joe Conrad says:

    I have written a book all about this.

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Hilariously, people like nicky campbell (radio 5-i know !)”accidently” misprounounced his name when he was appointed, by changing the H in Hunt to a C,how we larffed. Not.

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    Why are we being constantantly told to vote UKIP ? they are completely untried as a party (exept for Nige, troughing in Brussels) its like saying anybody can do it, yet all people do is whinge about established parties who have years of experience ! UKIP wouldnt last 5 mins !

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Recipe for chaos ! please be sensible. This isnt a computer game !

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    I agree, the likes of Grant, Miller,Partridge and Mr Dowler etc were all given media attention for unsavoury behaviour, and didnt like it. That is also a big part of the vendetta.

  116. 116
    inside- out says:

    The whole of the UK is run by Civil Servants,If all 650MP’s dropped dead tomorrow,nice thought,nothing would change.Everything would carry on same bollocks policies same EU bail out monies,the Government,is run by Civil Servants,for Civil Servants the voters and tax payers are irrelevant they just pick up the bill.

  117. 117
    Queen Charlotte says:

    If a diary of all Fred Michel’s meetings with senior government figures and MPs was to be published at some point, then a lot of well-placed people in the three main parties would feature. Oh, and he’s a neighbour and close friend of Nick Clegg. This could get even messier.”

    This reminds me of a certain metropolitan hackette marrying a certain horsey gentleman and going to live in the country. Is there a pattern here?

  118. 118
    joescotus says:

    that post should be comment of the decade

  119. 119
    joescotus says:

    this post …


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