April 27th, 2012

All In It Together

The Tories are very keen to push the comparison between the number of meetings held between Rupert Murdoch and various Prime Ministers, specifically within in the first two years of their premierships:

Tony Blair became Prime Minister on 2 May 1997. By 1 May 1999, he had met Rupert Murdoch 7 times:

1 June 1997 – Meeting
2 September 1997 – Meeting
13 November 1997 – Lunch
29 January 1998 – Meeting (with Mark Booth)
12 May 1998 – Meeting
21 January 1999 – Lunch
21 January 1999 – Dinner (with Gordon Brown, Irwin Stelzer and Les Hinton)

Gordon Brown became Prime Minister on 27 June 2007. By 26 June 2009, he had met Rupert Murdoch 13 times:

6 October 2007 – Meeting
6 October 2007 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and JK Rowling)
29 October 2007 – Lunch
22 January 2008 – Lunch
16 April 2008 – Meeting
6 June 2008 – Dinner (with Wendi Murdoch and Sarah Brown)
15 June 2008 – Dinner hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown for around 36 people including Wendi Murdoch, President Bush and Laura Bush)
16 June 2008 – News Corporation Summer party and dinner afterwards (with other members of Murdoch’s family and Sarah Brown)
25 September 2008 – Dinner hosted by Mayor Bloomberg
26 September 2008 – Meeting
13 November 2008 – Meeting
13 January 2009 – Breakfast
13 June 2009 – The wedding of Rebekah Wade to Charlie Brooks (also attended by David Cameron)
22 June 2009 – Reception for Lord Paul
26 June 2009 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and Lord Paul)

David Cameron became Prime Minister on 11 May 2010. As of 26 April 2012, he had met Rupert Murdoch twice and attended two social occasions with him:

18 May 2010 – Meeting
21 July 2010 – Dinner or meeting
16 June 2011 – News Corporation Summer Party
20 June 2011 – Times CEO summit dinner

Interesting, and we all know they were all up to their necks, but had the scandal not blown up in July 2011, do we really think Dave’s number of meetings would have stuck at four?


  1. 1
    Lying cunt says:

    so Gordon DID Kiss Murdochs arse then!

  2. 2
  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Even if you only make comparisons with the first 13 months of Blair and Brown, Dave still met him less often.

  4. 4
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    why does Gordon Brown diarise it when he has dinner with his wife?

  5. 5
    The Labour Party says:

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

  6. 6
    annette curton says:

    Anybody left on the Planet that has not accepted an invitation/invitations from Rupert Murdoch?, we should be told.

  7. 7
    Vimeiro says:

    So he can prove it’s a legit marriage, with out the smell of lavender.

  8. 8
    Micheal Green says:


  9. 9
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    It’s quite a rare event.

    Even rarer now, what with Canterbury being 376 miles away from Kirkaldy.

  10. 10

    At current rates we can double the debt in seven years time.
    That means 50% more iPhones and that’s cool kids, it’s the American dream!

  11. 11
    Bored of the M*dbot says:

    It’s quite a rare event.

    Even rarer now, what with Ca*nter*bury being 376 miles away from Kir*kaldy.

  12. 12
    Steve Miliband says:

    4 meeting in 1 year v 13 in 20 months.

  13. 13
    Ah! Monika says:

    Back Topic

    If you want to claim unfit to plead…..here’s the man


  14. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    It was Sue’s fault

  15. 15
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He did more than that, he licked it clean.

    Each time you think Gordon Brown has plumbed the maximum depth of incompetence, sleaze and cronyism along come new revelations to ensure his place in history as the worst leader Britain has seen since King Harold II got done over in 1066.

  16. 16
    annette curton says:

    Because he hasn’t yet grasped the concept of Facebook.

  17. 17
    Bored of the M*dbot says:

    Perhaps Sam’s cooking isn’t a nice as Sarah’s.

  18. 18
    Ed Bollockhead says:

    More debt = more growth, listen to Barry.

  19. 19
    Terrible But True says:

    This is very old news.

    The BBC has been all over this for… er…

  20. 20
    Marmite says:

    Leiber is pathetic.
    After seeing Twatson on Brillo’s show [I notice Brillo didn’t give the fat shyte a hard time – maybe Twatson is holding something over him] and after listening to Chris [dirty undercrackers] Bryant, to mention just two ‘tards, I don’t care if the whole of their stinking party get bits of le*ds in their left ears. I just detest them.

  21. 21
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Not quite sure what your point is, Guido. Why don’t you give it a rest and go and have some more pies?

  22. 22
    Simon. says:

    How many times did the PM’s meet the BBC/Guardian/Daily Mail/Telegraph Editors & owners? – lets put it into context.

  23. 23
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    I’m free for a kitchen supper and have forgotten a whole lot of things. What’s on the menu and how much?

  24. 24
    Steve Miliband says:

    One eyed English idiot

  25. 25
    Sleeping Dog Called The Electorate says:

    At the end of the day, this administration is still spending too much time on its media relations, even if that is caused by Leveson, and not enough time on governing. Pickles has failed to reform local government or get a hindle on town hall corruption and over spending. There is no sense of direction as to how the economy is going to grow, energy policy is a mess, the EU continues to bleed us dry, as does the foreign aid scandal. The public sector is still over-bloated and still wasting money like a leaky pipe owned by Thames Water.We are still stuck in a wasteful and pointless war in Afghanistan and I worry about the invasion-levels of immigrants placing ever more strain on public resources and changing the culture of the country. I care less about Murdoch than I do about those things.

  26. 26
    Sarah Ferguson says:

    I’ve said it before:-

    F**king amateurs the lot of them.

  27. 27
    regular says:

    Wendy looks mean and hot. Is that what this thread is about?

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Dave is just lazy.

  29. 29
    The BBC, because of the unique way we're funded says:

    Quite right. We too see no need to mention Blair and Brown’s meetings with Murdoch.

  30. 30
    Yacht Spotter says:

    To be fair, you have left out the one on Elizabeth’s and Mathew’s yacht off Santorini, BEFORE and at which it was decided that Dave would be the next PM!

  31. 31
    Polly Seewonk says:

    Does “diarise it “ mean something other than ‘put it in the diary’?

    It’s just there’s something about your name…

  32. 32
    Doomed says:

    Didn’t anyone think to warn Rupert that Gordon is a Jonah?

  33. 33
    Tommy Sheridan says:


  34. 34
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Should help his case if he pleads insanity, then!

  35. 35

    Wendi looks particularly hot in that photo – yet no Tottywatch.

    Now, what is this about?

  36. 36
    Yacht Spotter says:

    As the Ausies say, they like ‘em spunky.

  37. 37
    Yacht Spotter says:

    Oh, in exchange for the BSkyB nod through.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Also Cameron hired Coulson. Plenty of dinners with Brooks too.

  39. 39
    The wife of a unhinged man says:

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    The Old Todger says:

    I suppose these are the RECORDED meetings not actual, Tone was always jetting off to the USA to receive his orders, Cameron had a meeting where Murdoch went via the back door or whatever, still Pa Broon leads the field!

  41. 41
    Ah! Monika says:

    If you want to judge my thinking look at Pippa’s bum.

  42. 42
    Have you seen this? very scary says:

  43. 43
    My other bus is a number 11 says:

    The F was tweeted on the Nokia

  44. 44
    Gary Elsby Stoke-on-Trent says:

    Why is there an eight year gap between Blair and Brown meeting Murdoch ?
    It proves an awful lot if analysed properly.

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    The last Quango in Paris says:


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    In A Parallel Universe says:

  47. 47
    Steve Miliband says:

    ..fucker Gordon

  48. 48

    We seem to have the same discerning eye (see below posted without sight of your post.)

  49. 49
    Help the Aged says:

    Murdoch is getting old. Maybe he’s just bored with meeting British Prime Ministers. I would be.

  50. 50
    Bayeux Tapestry says:


  51. 51
    Brenda Slag says:

    Not good enough for you, eh?

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    I note the lovely Christopher Kelly is out and about today, moralising as ever. I have no problem whatsoever that he is a member (paid) of the advisory board of Ultrasis Plc, a company that is very largely a supplier to the Health service (cf Kelly career), never pays dividends, is notorious for the executice bonuses (indeed the shareholders voted against the Board this year, but the board says its just advisory and pay anyway).
    I have heard some cry this is a tad hypocritical for the pure Sir Christopher, but not me….

  53. 53
    Loungelizard says:

    ‘Hi is that Oddbins?
    ‘This is Guido Fawkes’ snark snark.
    ‘Guido the blogger…yaaah? I was wondering if you’d like to donate some wine as a prize for our caption contest’
    ‘Donate, you mean give…why would we do that?’
    ‘Good advertising, it’s a fast moving well respected blog, could do Odbins alotta good’
    ‘I got you now,you’re the idle bastard who can’t even be assed to change his comment of the day, prrrrrrrrr
    ‘Hi is that Waterstones………

  54. 54
    Teacup says:

    I cannot believe Tottenham Hotspur have taken part in this film

    Shame on Spurs

  55. 55
    Show Biz for ugly people says:

    Rupert’s openly admitted Cameron met him at least 7 times since he became PM so not sure where you’re getting 4 meetings from.

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    Please Give Generously. says:

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    6079 Smith W says:

    Murdoch’s cosy relationship with Labour has “unhappened.” The Party tells me so.

  58. 58
    Steve Miliband says:

    ”specifically within in the first two years of their premierships:”

    PS What is Shane Warne doing in the picture?

  59. 59
    The Old Todger says:

    Of course these were recorded, weren’t they? Cammers well and truely cocked it up when he hired the toxic Coulson. Has Brooks got some other relationship besides business, she seems Teflon® coated, Teflon breaks down when the temperature gets hot 450C

  60. 60
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    McRuin’s epic meltdown is explained now, by the amount of crawling and arselicking the loon put in, to get NI approval. He probably bragged about ‘how close’ he was to Murdoch, to any who would listen, only to be rejected just before the GE. Labours synchronised ranting is even funnier now than then. What a bunch of tossers.

  61. 61
    Gordon Brown says:

    If you want to judge my thinking look the UK economy

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    You couldn’t analyze your own naval fluff Gary.

  63. 63
    The Old Todger says:

    Do NOT tangle with Wendy if you value your hide

  64. 64

    Look. I’m not as rich as Rupe…

  65. 65
    Desperate Dan says:

    Similar lists would show that the BBC’s John Burt practically moved in to No. 10 during Blair’s incumbency. His loyalty was later rewarded with a job in No. 10. Then Blair appointed Michael Grade, and his side-kick Mark Thompson, to replace Burt. Grade moved swiftly on once his asset-strippingsigned off and his nepotistic appointees in place. Blair rewarded Grade with a peerage. When Mark Thompson visited No. 10 shortly after the last election, nothing unusual I’d have thought – DG of state broadcaster meets new PM – the lefty press went absolutely berserk with outrage. Let us see lists of meetings between PMs and every other editor, news magnate, journalist and broadcaster over the last 15 years so we can make comparisons.

  66. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    I know “U” are, but what am I?

  67. 67
    Bumsfor Poo-ing says:

    He was having a Nasi Goreng with eastern promise. Better than Peking Duck with a Singapore KaiTai

  68. 68
    The clue is to read the post B 4 commenting says:

    the number of meetings held between Rupert Murdoch and various Prime Ministers, specifically within in the first two years of their premierships:

  69. 69

    Scheduled meeting as opposed to being at the same event at the same time.

    Not difficult.

  70. 70
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Guido you cynic you! Tsk!

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    That should of course be navel, don’t want to confuse you Gary.

  72. 72
    Baron Hogwash says:

    I wonder if there was any skinny dipping at the News Corporation Summer Party. Kate Buuurrrrly hhhhrrrr….shiver me timber….

  73. 73
    JH says:

    Looks like the phone was ripped from her hand and thrown across the room before she could finish.

  74. 74

    You must be thinking of Berlusconi.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    I know whose hotpot I’d rather sample.

  76. 76
    The Old Todger says:

    Prezza and Pickles have eaten them all

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Dave if working very hard to look as if he’s thinking in that pic.

  78. 78
    The Old Todger says:

    He enjoys a good gallop, what, what

  79. 79
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Murdoch question’s Brown’s state of mind. Surely that applies to all labour MPs, especially Miliband, Balls, Cooper and Harman.

  80. 80
    Jimmy says:

    So the point of this comparison is that Flashman required less direct supervision?

  81. 81
    The Old Todger says:

    Gideon is trying his best

  82. 82
    The Pooh-Cleaner says:

    I feel inspired

  83. 83
    Yacht Spotter says:

    It all happens offshore, Dave’s mate “Fishy Fingers” Ross gets his girls around and Mat Fraud sorts his out, they all go off on the yacht Elizabeth F and bada bing! its; orgy time! Deals are done, prime ministers made, companies bought and sold.

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    The Old Todger says:

    Rupey has bigger magic that Jonah

  85. 85
    Puppy School says:

    Yes, he was clearly already housetrained by experts. It is remarkable what high pitched whistle and controlling the police force will do for a trainer. Eventually, PMs will come to heel without reward or hand signals

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    I think you will find that the media outlets you have named, have not recieved anything like the raging hatred that is reserved for NI, by the Labour hypocrites, who used to regularly suck Murdoch cock, before he jilted them.

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    Loungelizard says:

    BBc’s relationship with Labour is the most worrying aspect. Most of this lot owe Labour their jobs.

  88. 88
    b3455t of cardif says:

    Fuck this!
    bASED !!!
    #wELL FUCK OFF IM A GETTING A Russian liscenswe

  89. 89

    Did you intend thereby to tacitly admit the guilt of Blair and Brown?

    Generous today, Jimmy.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    The huge difference is that Dave kow towed to the Murdochs demands re Ofcom and the BBC whereas Brown very publicly did not. Shame on you Dave.

  91. 91
    Fish says:

    It’s a disease called Socialist Alzheimer’s – forgets everything before 2010.

  92. 92

    This blog runs on gossip, tittle-tattle and rumour. Facts bugger it up.

  93. 93
    The Old Todger says:

    But you have to admit Harold had fought a full scale battle a few days before the battle of Hastings (and won) at Battle he repulsed the First Norman charge, he had given orders to his men to hold the line and not chase the retreating Normans, but the ponkers thought they had the Normans on the run so chased after them the rest is history. Do not compare Pa Broon to Harold

  94. 94
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Two followers to-date


    They just dont get it. Nobody gives a fuck about a nobody !

  95. 95
    Peppers Ghost says:

    I will follow (through)

  96. 96
    Rebekah Wade and Charlie Brooks says:

    We have cast iron assurances from the Capo di Tutti Capi that we will be “covered”

    If you know what we mean…

  97. 97
    Tesco shitty hand says:

    Gawd! The Brown nut jobs must have been living with the Murdochs.

  98. 98
    Zanzy Bar says:

    Now show the amount of meetings with Rebekah Brooks…

  99. 99
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Harold was actually a decent king. There have been far worse since – Stephen, Richard II, Henry VI, Mary just to name a few.

  100. 100
    Hang The Bastards says:

    I want to see a Public enquiry into meetings between Politicians and the BBC.

    That is where the real corruption and leaking of information is going on!

    The BBC is far worse, biased, corrupt than the Murdoch Corp could ever hope to be .

  101. 101
    jgm2 says:

    So the original ‘failed’ Met investigation into phone-hacking at NI, which occurred under Labour and which was carried out by a politically appointed Labour police department is all Cameron’s fault? All this while NI was still supporting the Maximum Imbecile.

    Whereas this Leveson enquiry, started by Cameron is entirely the good work of those seekers of truth at the Labour party?

    Thank you for clearing up any confusion.

  102. 102
    Fish says:

    Nothing there about Bliar’s meeting between 1999-2007. Or did those diaries get shredded along with Bliars expenses.

    I only ask because it would have been interesting to see what was going on in the months before Iraq 2 – particularly who placed the ‘Britons 45 Minutes from Doom’ story in the ‘Sun’ – was it a certain Mr Campbell?

  103. 103

    From what HMRC sent me today:

    Penalty for filing late

    One day late: £100

    Three months late: daily penalty of £10 a day.

    I always file in good time but dislike this fаscist approach. No wonder I don’t want to like in the UK any more. Do those of the religion of pеace all file and pay on time? Do the Ken Livingstones of this world?

    Fuck off HMRC! Do one!

  104. 104
    Lord Levinson and his legal cowboys says:

    You mean the same “cover” that these dodgers give eachother ?

    We must be clear


  105. 105
    Fish says:

    You can now get extra strength Immodium for that.

  106. 106
    jgm2 says:

    I think he’s suggesting Blair and Brown are so stupid that they had to closely supervised. Hard to disagree with that. Too bad they weren’t even more closely supervised by adults.

  107. 107
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Let’s face it, football and football players are not known for intelligence.

  108. 108
    Fish says:

    or perhaps Sara has nicer pyjamas

  109. 109
    jgm2 says:

    Specifically the choreographed response to ‘It all started in America…’ complete with handy graphics and archive footage.

  110. 110
    Chiarman of Barclays says:

    We ARE all in this together

    That iw why we rip off our shareholdzers and had a shareholders’ revolt today

    How dare they ? – peasants

    And you see I must Ms Carwath in to bat on remunerations

    The same Ms Carnwath who is bing sued as ex Chairman of MF Global where $1.2 BILLION has “gone missing”

    Birds of a feather and all that


  111. 111
    Peppers Ghost says:

    Second thoughts I may just follow as my feed is already busy with people who tweet a lot. But as it states “Please follow us for updates on our work.” I expect to see fuck all

  112. 112

    So you think I can take his non-response as a yes, then?

  113. 113
    Chairman of Barclays says:

    We are all in this together Guido

    You are quite right

    But we still pay ourselves billions – three times more in bonuses than the shareholders

    Do you believe in a share owning democracy ?

    I thought so


  114. 114
    Boris for PM says:

    Just heard that Clegg has said that Levinson is more appropriate to deal with Hunt than the ministerial code. Clegg should do away with the pretence and stand as a Tory at the next election.

    Just kidding, I want the Tory’s to actually win, but win standing on a record of integrity, with Britain’s interests at heart and with policies that actually work.

    PS Wendy Deng looks hot for her age. I wouldn’t say no.

  115. 115
    Caliphate Ken says:

    £10 a day is that all? Thanks for the tip – so if i never file its only £3,600 a year


  116. 116
    The Old Todger says:

    Its not been redacted either

  117. 117
    Mike Hunt says:

    “Labour have always been at war with Murdoch.”

    apart from when his papers supported them.

  118. 118
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Damn good point. One which the Gweed will no doubt ignore.

  119. 119
    Reuters correspondent, always first with the news says:

    I’m glad to see you asked the Chairman of the Remunerations Committee Ms Carnwath to defend the outrageous Barclays bonuses

    The same Ms Carnwath who was Chairman of MF Global and is being sued

    These are lovely upstanding citizens of course


  120. 120
    Mo Ham Egg says:

    My mate Mo files and as all the others Mo’s have the same name we all use the same return. All 1.5 million of us

  121. 121
    Mike Hunt says:

    he has clearly demonstrated his insanity at least twice.

  122. 122
    Some Geezer wot would pay to see Tommy Boy do the Tyburn jig says:

    An expression involving “enough rope” springs to mind…let us hope so, anyway. Tom Watson’s just that kind of fellow anyway, you would figure.

  123. 123
    Mike Hunt says:

    and me.

  124. 124
    A Cohort of Slime Balls says:

    Dave Cam (the Wind Farm Scam Man) and all his people are highly intelligent forward thinking genii’ – innocent of any wrong doing and completely unspotted.

    Gordoom Brhoon (the Economic Illiterate, Benefactor of Bent and Bonkers Bankers) and all his people are highly intelligent forward thinking genii’ – innocent of any wrong doing and completely unspotted.

    Nick Clogged Up (the Everything to Everyone Scam Man) and all his people are highly intelligent forward thinking genii’ – innocent of any wrong doing and completely unspotted.

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    Are you saying that it’s OK for Dave because Labour did it? Would it be OK for Dave to kill 6 million Jews because Hitler did it? That line of reasoning saddens me intensely.

  126. 126
    Love, Gordon says:

    Thank you Mr Pooh. In that case let me tell you that I have started to make a scale model of the Eiffel Tower…out of bogies. If you’re interested in having updates you can sign up and follow me on Twatter.

    Sarah said I should get a web-cam so people can see the erection as it gets bigger, but there’s not much to see at the moment – I’ve just eaten the south pillar and the west is looking tasty. Lol.

    Would you like to be my Facebook friend, Pooh? You have a nice name.

  127. 127
    Gyrdyn Browne says:

    “We’re well placed to weather the invasion”

    “I’m getting on with the job”

    “It began in Normandy”

    “I take full responsibility, that’s why I’ve sacked my chief swordsman”

  128. 128
    David Windsor says:

    And there I was, thinking I had the competition clinched, what with wanting to kiss the Reichskanzler’s arse, and marrying an adulterous hermaphrodite…silly me.

  129. 129
    Ed Milliband says:

    labour are at war with people who don’t vote for them

    You’er either with them or against them

  130. 130
    A pragmatist says:

    26 meetings in two years sounds like an awful lot of Brownarse licking by the unbalanced one to me. Dave had 4 in 12 months.

    Do the maths.

  131. 131
    Usual Suspects. says:

    Eddie Izard
    Piers Morgan
    Martha Lane-Fox
    Stephen Fry
    Huffingdon Post
    Jamie Oliver
    No Guido Fawkes Though


  132. 132
    A Bloke Of A Certain Age says:

    I am sure I heard a news item late last night on Radio 4 in which the amount of meetings between Blair and Murdoch was given as 31 . Did anyone else hear this ?

  133. 133


    That worked! He/She’s gone.

  134. 134
    A pragmatist says:

    Liebour would like to airbrush out all their meetings and dealings with Murdoch AND the bankers.

    “I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain,” Mr Brown told Lehman bankers in London’s Canary Wharf . “During its 150 year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realize their potential.”

    We should never let these hypocritical socialists toads off the hook.

  135. 135
    Gazza says:

    Wadja mean like.

  136. 136
    A Bloke Of A Certain Age says:

    For the same reason he shook her hand when she joined him on stage. Any normal couple would have a little hug and a peck on the cheek. Weirdo !

  137. 137
    A pragmatist says:

    Got it in one.

  138. 138
    A Bloke Of A Certain Age says:

    Exactly , Labour under the direction of Brown who operates Watson from behind , are acting like an embittered ex who has been dumped by a former lover.

  139. 139
    annette curton says:

    So that’s why the c*nt keeps nipping over to Cape Cod to deliver lectures, Associate Professor in rocking horse shit.

  140. 140
    Anonymous says:

    Why else would anybody want anything to do with you?

  141. 141
    Gary Elsby Stoke-on-Trent says:

    Why specifically the first two years?
    That’s a load of bollocks and designed to prove something that the following three years probably would do better.
    To be fair or unfai to either murdoch, blair, brown or cameron requires a full term each of observation.
    I would suggest that it is more unfair towards cameron than any other and that must be unfair.

  142. 142
    Lord Snooty says:

    If the Levinson enquiry was not taking place, what structures do we have in our democracy to get to the truth in this matter?

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    Not impressed says:

    Quite so. You would think the Leveson Enquiry was being held purely in order to destroy NI from the way it is being conducted.

  145. 145
    Jimmy says:

    You seem to be suggesting that it is ipso facto wrong for a serving PM to meet with a newspaper proprietor. That is certainly not my view.

  146. 146
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I have been trying really really hard but I cannot find a single Charter flight that goes to Turkey via Santorini.

  147. 147
    A Bloke Of A Certain Age says:

    Errr the Ministerial Code ?

  148. 148
    joescotus says:

    dont worry when he feels its warranted he will skewer fatboy like he did abbott

  149. 149
    Bluebottle says:

    Do you think his holiday in Turkey is the reason why Mr Cameron wants Turkey in the EU?

  150. 150
    Harriet Harman says:

    Exactly during our years in Government we simply “Mis-met” with the evil Murdoch Empire

  151. 151
    Anonymous says:

    BTW, how’s your mate Tristram Сuпt doing?

  152. 152
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    I really have no idea my dear fellow whether this is the reason or not.

    The question tonight which really intrigues me is that after his plane visit to Egypt with a mix of businessmen ( a full list of whom is unavailable) does he still think that the Egyptians can handle democracy?

  153. 153
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    I have got solar panels and I have been screwed!

  154. 154
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Hmc have managed to send me 102 pages of utter crap.

    Two years ago it was only 96.

    Good work David Cameron!

    At this rate next year he wont be able to afford the postage.

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    Iprint my own businesscards says:

    It is perfectly normal when the children of politicians and businessmen get on ever so well that the families get together in the middle of the sea in high summer.

    Murdoch talks a good game of bollocks!

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    Golly says:

    Perhaps they can do that in Pentonville some time soon?

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    b3455t of cardif says:

    There are very simple ways to avoid them mr cat
    unless you are PAYE or have assets that are traceable on UK soil
    Even then its easy
    The daft twats even tip you off

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    Drooling says:

    Nor would I!
    (Re: Wendy Deng that is).

  159. 159
    Gordon Brown, Part-Time MP says:

    I go to New York to give lectures; Cape Cod being a half hour away by air, I stop off there to patronise rent-boys in a somewhat more discreet location. Do we have it now?

  160. 160
    Electoral Commission says:

    Excellent points!
    Take something really simple:
    Labour introduced postal votes on demand, so that its supporters in the Asian muslim community could vote several times over, even if dead or in Karachi.
    Why hasn’t the new Government put an end to that third world level of voting abuse?

  161. 161
    Its fun to be at the HMRC says:

    “The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown” , PR construct set up to maximise tax efficiency.

  162. 162
    Anon Observer says:

    Me to, never even a sniff of one !!

  163. 163
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Swansea’s own job creation scheme, that lot. Scrap the tax disc, put everything else online and oblige them to behave like true public servants (ie not flogging your details to any Tom, Dick or Wheelclamper). You could run it with 3 men and a dog and still have change for a pint of Brains.

  164. 164
    CuttingEdge says:

    Blair and Brown kowtowed very publicly (err, sorry…they kept that donation quiet – I wonder why?) to Bernie Ecclestone for the £1million he bunged their party to delay the F1 fag-ad ban in Europe. Remember that one? Obviously, at the time Tony still had his halo and Gordon had not yet been revealed as the deranged fuckwit some of us always believed him to be (and have since been proved 100% correct). The funny thing is the moronic UK public voted the same corrupt lying bastards in twice more to really make sure future generations were screwed every which way.

    The problem is, and Cameron is himself too fucking stupid to see it, the BBC has the ultimate control over the average thicko in the UK with their churning out of blatant bias, and the organisation should be either exorcised or nuked from orbit. Otherwise the dumbed-down idiot brigade will put Labour back in 3 or 8 years down the line to dig the hole the country is in even deeper. As they do every fucking time.

  165. 165
    bunter says:

    hehe, Jimmy said ipso facto.

  166. 166
    Thomas from Tonna says:

    Brains is from Cardiff not Swansea.

    Anyway all you have to do is put 2p on the cost of petrol and you can scrap the car licence and blow up Morriston.

  167. 167
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    WTF is wrong with Ca*nter*bury? No raas n legumes.

  168. 168
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    And that traitor Queen Anne who signed the Act of ‘Union’ between England and Scotland, the worst thing that ever happened to England until the post-WWII governments and all the crap they’ve poured over England.

  169. 169
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:


  170. 170
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    I spy a lesser (very) spotted fcktard. DoI get a choccy bikky?

  171. 171
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Of course he didn’t give Twatson a hard time. When was the last time any Liebore person got a hard time from the BBC?

  172. 172
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Bitter hypocrites, two words that sum up Liebore pretty well.

  173. 173
    b3455t of cardif says:

    I dont give a fuck where it is in welshland
    I am Not giving them £20 for a photo that shows how much better looking I am than 10 years ago
    Have you ever tried to find a decent meal in welshland?

    Yes it is Swansea but I was so apopoplectic that I became confused
    Fucking Cameronns

  174. 174
    b3455t of cardif says:

    Gypos are all called smith for A SIMILAR REASON

  175. 175
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    I spy another lesser (very) spotted fcktard. DoI get a choccy bikky this time?

  176. 176
    b3455t of cardif says:

    Ring up and ask for it again Ms Birkin
    They dont keep records beyond 6 years, even then it lands on another persons desk
    Like the Soviet broadcasting corporation they rely on implied threats

  177. 177
    Tristram Cunt says:

    Because Dave has only been in the job for two years and Guido is comparing like with like.

  178. 178
    My comment is awaiting moderation says:

    John Humphries got a hard time this morning when he tried to kebab Gregg Cunningham on the abortion issue.

    Listen on iPlayer:

    Pure Radio Gold – he skewered Humphries.

  179. 179
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Exactly. The BBC has more to answer than NI

  180. 180
    Can speak ill of the dead says:

    On Teds Morning Cloud he yachted over to Jersey many a time – for many a secret rendevous avec les plus de jeune garcon. What dirty secrets of Ted’s are impossible to conceal anymore …

    Who else might be a judged to have visited Jersey on his yacht too – on numerous occasions and for something sickly secret offshore?

    Ted was a dirty dirty ‘compromised for all of his life’ disgusting man.

  181. 181
    Anonymous says:

    Andre Neil, Nick Robinson and Ian Hislop all overtly pro tory. (Though Hislop seems to be toning it down these days).

  182. 182
    Ooh you are awful says:

    Robinson?? Have you been at the wine gums again?

  183. 183
    Ooh you are awful says:

    I’m 70 years old and have travelled the world quite extensively, but I can honestly say I have never ever not once anywhere met anyone named Rupert. In fact the only Rupert I ever knew of was a character who wore check-patterned trousers in a newspaper cartoon strip. Clearly the world has passed me by!

  184. 184
    Ooh you are awful says:

    Quite right. Ban postal voting completely – even for those serving the Crown overseas (military, diplomatic etc). If you can’t get to your polling station with appropriate ID, you don’t get to vote. End of…

  185. 185
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    Cameron is a c’unt

  186. 186
    Ooh you are awful says:

    ‘s all noodles together then?

  187. 187
    Ooh you are awful says:

    It all makes you quite (sea) sick, doesn’t it?

  188. 188
    Ooh you are awful says:

    …one or the other…

  189. 189
    Ooh you are awful says:

    Agreed – a good place to dispose of ‘problems’. Just ask that fellow who ripped off the pensions of all his workers, bought a football club, and went for a sail. Seems he forgot to put his deck shoes on though…

  190. 190
    Ooh you are awful says:

    Is this the caption comp?

    If so, Rupe is saying to the other one “We must stop meeting like this”.

  191. 191
    Thomas from Tonna says:

    In my experience there are one or two nice bodies to be found in the Swansea area.

    The problem is though when they open their mouths regardless of whether they have been to the pub or not.

    You have not missed much.

  192. 192
    Lord Mandy of bendover says:

    leave Trissy alone you rottters.

  193. 193
    The Only Good Tory Is... says:

    One of these days this accursed government will realise the ‘Them Too’ argument in lieu of actually attempting to justify the situation here and now is wearing thin and showing just how out of their depth and utterly incompetent the whole sorry bunch are.

  194. 194
    Anonymous says:

    photograph being used, is of rebekah’s wedding procession, when cam and murd walked together

  195. 195
    Taxfodder says:

    I’m glad I’m not a Tory (or NuLab come to that) must be hard supporting proven complete and utter sleazy incompetents year after year, but…

    the aspect I enjoy most is watching the gullible followers faithfully toddling up for another injection of promises of lessons learned, jam tomorrow and all that old cobblers, you would think after being kicked in the nuts as much as they have over so many decades they would have woken up to it by now…poor sods.

    I reckon old Murdo is laughing his socks off right now, he played a fine old tune on the political establishment over the years, fed their vanity, watched them dance, preen and strut, set them up and knocked them down just as quickly…the grand old ringmaster cracks his whip and off they trot the greatest show on earth…

  196. 196
    Anonymous says:


  197. 197
    Lou Scannon says:

    Decidedly non-U.

  198. 198
    David laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    BBC is more dominant than than Sky. Time for it to go, no matter how scared politicians are of the BBC.

    How was Cable’s action different from Hunt? It was the inverse was it not? He wanted to destroy them, like his mate Gordon Brown, he was caught out in a sting. So why was he not sacked????????

  199. 199
    A voter says:

    My birthday is in May. Elections are frequently in May. I never work on my birthday. I often go overseas to celebrate. I Never Not Ever vote Labour.

    If someone or some group is into election fraud, jail the bastards. I want to vote and I dont want to go to fuck@ng Bethelehem to do it.

  200. 200
    Handycock Immigrant Trafficker says:

    Well said Ed, add in a few million immigrants and the building programme to house them will kick start the construction industry, then retailing, and therefore the economy. Just come and look at the model I have created with my ‘boys’ in Portsmouth and you will understand again how to do it. In these difficult economic times the only hope for the future is a constructive alliance between the public sector, immigration and organised crime. You already did it when you were in power, we are still doing it in Portsmouth. Boaz.

  201. 201
    Portsmouth City Council is the most corrupt Council in the World says:

    Robert Mugabe and Goodluck Johnathan. Go for it Handy, our hero, our inspiration and our model for the future. We love you, what would we do without you to show us the way ahead. Jahbulon.

  202. 202
    Conrad says:

    Or Henry VIII ,the Robert Mugabe of his day

  203. 203
    Marion the cat says:

    I have always equated NI with Northern Island, not News International. I did know that, I certainly get confused these days.

  204. 204
    Marion the cat says:

    Really not sure about that, they also know that the BBC is skewering them left, right and centre, day after day. Cameron chooses to do nothing about either. I can only guess that the twat is so arrogant he thinks the second term is there as a right. We will all be less than surprised when Labour win and UKIP beat Liberals.

  205. 205
    Former Colleague says:

    Hi there Handy – This story of our Prime Minister in trouble for meetings with Murdoch reminds us a bit of the story of your dinner with Gordon Brown, Sir Fred Goodwin and some of your boys in Portsmouth’s Guildhall just a few years back. Somehow they all managed to keep that one out of the papers. Was that when you cooked up the agreement on asylum seekers which has proved so profitable for some of the boys in Portsmouth?

  206. 206
    Anonymous says:

    If you are interested in press freedom here is a great debate by Worldbytes, where volunteers consider the Counter Leveson Inquiry, a campaign launched by the online journal Spiked. Journalist Patrick Hayes challenges participants not to go along with the inquiry’s dangerous assumptions. He argues that free speech and a free press with no ‘buts’ are essential for democracy.


  207. 207
    Anonymous says:

    Brown explained in one word – Idiot
    Labour explained in one word – Hyporcrites

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