Friday, May 11, 2012

That Hunt Email in Full

From: Fred Michel
To: Rebekah Brooks
27 June 2011 16:29

Hunt will be making references to phone hacking in his statement on Rubicon this week.

He will be repeating the same narrative as the one he gave in Parliament few weeks ago.

This is based on his belief that the police is pursing things thoroughly and phone hacking has nothing to do with the media plurality issues.

It’s extremely helpful.

On the issue of the privacy committee he supports a widening of its remit to the future of the press and evidence from all newspaper groups on the regulatory regime.

He wants to prevent a public inquiry. For this the committee will need to come up a strong report in the autumn and put enough pressure on the PCC to strength itself and take recommendations forward.

JH is now starting to looking to phone hacking/practices more thoroughly and has asked me to advise him privately in the coming weeks and guide his and No 10’s positioning…

Fred

Very ouch…

Via the Guardian

Hunt Sought NI Advice on Phone Hacking

Though everyone is laughing at Dave and his LOLs this afternoon, it’s Osborne and Hunt that the most damage has been done to by Brooks. Osborne will be lucky to escape a turn on the stand now that increasingly feisty red-head has declared that she discussed the BSkyB with him, as Guido reported earlier. Things are getting really bad now for Jeremy Hunt. A new email has emerged from News Corp spinmeister Fred Michel claiming that “JH” sought guidance on the developing hacking scandal on June 27 2011 – just over a week before the Screws went under. Hunt’s defence will be that it was Adam Smith but that line was already looking weak. Crucially it says Hunt was seeking guidance for No. 10. Developing…

UPDATE: The wording is said to be that Hunt asked NI to “advise privately” to “guide his and No.10’s positioning”. A conspiracy theorist may wonder why this second round of trouble did not make it into the original cache of emails…

Friday Caption Contest (LOL Edition)

Watch Brooks on Dave’s LOLs
“Fair” Hunt Chat Details Emerge

The Guidoisation of the Leveson Inquiry is complete…

On a more serious note Brooks has spilled the beans that a discussion about the fairness of Jeremy Hunt took place on the infamous 23 December dinner. This is more than a passing chat now and links the Hunt mess directly to Dave. Brooks also revealed she saw Cameron again on the Boxing Day 2010. That’s new, is it not?

LOL DC

Brooks was pushed on Cameron’s texts:

“He would sign them off DC in the main.. occasionally he would sign of LOL – Lots Of Love – until I told him it meant Laugh Out Loud.”

It gives new meaning to “Ed  Miliband had me on the run – LOL” 

Via @QuigTheDude

UPDATE:  The well known Total Politics Magazine shareholder tweets:

Another media proprietor in inappropriate relationship shocker…

Now You Too Can Dress Like Brooks
Her Leveson Dress Costs £8

Guido would like to offer his readers the chance to dress like Rebekah Brooks for an austerity busting £8!

Online fashion website ASOS is offering the her Leveson outfit – a Peterpan Collar Jersey Dress at less than half price…

Brooks Admits to Discussing BSkyB Bid With Osborne

She calls it “brief and inconsequential”, but admits to discussing the BskyB bid with the Chancellor, who was apparently baffled by the opposition:

She also stated that someone from No. 11 got in touch after she resigned…

UPDATE:

Another happy reader…

Bryant Apologises to the House

After Guido brought you the news that Bryant had apologised to Lord Justice Leveson for his leaky ways, yesterday he apologised to the House:

“On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. On 25 April, I told the House that the Leveson inquiry had published certain information regarding meetings that had been held between Rupert Murdoch and the Prime Minister. I believed at the time that that was the case, but it has subsequently turned out not to be true. I have, of course, apologised to Lord Justice Leveson, but I thought I should take this opportunity to apologise to the House as well. I hope the apology will be accepted. I had no intention of misleading the House; that was purely inadvertent.”

Naughty boy.

Eagle eyes blogger Alex Andreou has picked up at least one extra meeting revealed in Coulson’s evidence yesterday, but it seems the Cabinet Office amended their “full” list last December to include the New York meeting. It’s all rather vague though…

Guido Fashion: Brooks at Leveson Edition

Guido’s can’t help but notice Rebekah Brooks has gone for the classic Salem Show Trial chic for her turn on the stand…

UPDATE:

When is a Leak Not a Leak?

Alastair Campbell got all high and mighty with Toby Young yesterday:

Campbell should not be so cocky about this, he is as he was forced to admit to Leveson, the original source of the leak if not the direct leaker to Guido. Given his job in government was effectively Leaker-in-Chief some may doubt his protestations. He should listen to himself on “The Case for Self-Doubt in Creativity” rather than be so sure…


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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