May 24th, 2012

Jeremy Hunt Texts Published

Painful watching for team Hunt this morning as News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel took a battering from Mr Jay QC at the Leveson Inquiry. He’s coughed that the impression he was given was that Adam Smith was talking on behalf of Hunt and thus feedback was given to News Corp from the Secretary of State, via Hunt’s SpAd’s personal email address.

He also confirmed he was in text contact with Hunt – painful extracts were read out in court and the whole batch are due to be published today. It seems former Hunt SpAd Adam Smith will try to paint Michel as a fantasist, but the paper trail is not looking good…


UPDATE: The texts are here.


  1. 1
    Fact says:

    hunt-ed down


    • 4
      Jezza Hunt says:

      Care to dance? I do a mean mince!


      • 9
        Frank Dutch says:

        So it took a Frenchman to spill the beans on the perfidious Brits. Quelle Surprise!


        • 11
          Frank Dutch says:

          Pardon. Bumboy perfidious Brits.


          • Unusual indeed, becuase the French usually spill – the contents of both bladder and bowel at the sound of a German accent behind them on the Champs-Élysées.

            Limp wristed, appeasing Vichy sh.itbags.


          • Anonymous says:

            Camoron should go as well as Hunt given that he knew, from the memo that came out at Leveson today, that Hunt was extremely pro the news corp / news international bid weeks BEFORE Camoron appointed Hunt and weeks even before Cable was relieved of his duties re the decision.

            Raging at next weeks PMQ’s simply won’t cut it Dave. You’re now – even more of a – an electoral liability.

            Dear oh dear oh dear. Acting in the national interest my arse, which is what you are, and an unpatriotic one at that, in my opinion.


        • 107
          Mine's a pint says:

          Borrow the Scotch one – the Gay Gordons (Hallo soldier!) or the one called Strip the Willow.


        • 111
          Anonymous says:

          So the paper trail isn’t looking good for Hunt. Tell us something the nation didn’t know a long time ago. But for Camoron Hunt was a dead man walking.

          It’s pretty rancid stuff given that the govt are meant to be working in our interest.

          At least he’s got gay marriage on the horizon to cheer him up.


          • Anonymous says:

            The paper trail is not looking good but am I the only person in the world who thinks Jay and Leveson are steering them through this? Jay is leading Smith by the hand, while making him look like a poor chump who knew nothing about the process and how things should have been. The conclusion will be Smith in wrong place at wrong time “out of his depth” – honourable decision taken to resign. Hunt cannot have eyes everywhere – particularly in an olympic year. And with hindsight permanent sec should have intervened but he was kept out of loop. Cameron has this nicely stitched up. No wonder he was so dismissive of call to look at judge’s pensions at PMQs yesterday – he owes them one.
            Hunt will survive. F’in disgrace.


    • 23
      roy says:

      nick clegg – olympic shark jumping champion

      Greece exiting the euro is something “no rational person” should advocate and would cause “irrevocable damage”, Nick Clegg is expected to say later.


      • 37
        Archer Karcher says:

        Clegg’s a self important tosser, who has been on wrong on everything EU to date. True to form, he’s betting the proverbial farm on the wrong option yet again.

        Worryingly, the idiot is deputy PM, even more worryingly, Cameron is his boss and listens to him.


        • 47
          roy says:

          the language is so totalitarian – ‘no rational person’ etc. what about ‘i think something and other people think other things and that is all reasonable and we can have a debate about it’

          i think of myself as a ‘liberal’ but Clegg is an utter c#nt who would have been gladly marching people off to the gas chambers if born in another place at another time


          • jgm2 says:

            No. I disagree. It is entirely proper to begin a sentence with ‘No rational person would believe….xxxxx’ if indeed no rational person would believe xxxx.

            So, for example, no rational person would borrow their way into recession and then suggest that they should borrow their way out of recession. Actually – no rational person would borrow their way into recession FULL STOP.

            But here we are. Four years on from borrowing ourselves into recession and what are we looking at? Ned Balls irrationally suggesting that we borrow more. For ‘growth’. That’s like fucking for virginity. Or d*r*inking for abstinence.


          • Archer Karcher says:

            Point taken, but as regard to Clegg’s remarks, his position is that no matter what, whatever the cost in misery and suffering, the “grand progect” must not be allowed to fail.
            It is Clegg who, while trying to project himself as rational and sensible and demonising those who disagree with his crack pot fanaticism, is attempting to portray his extremist views, as “middle of the road”.

            Here’s how he does it.



          • Anonymous says:

            Luckily I think that it’s almost guaranteed that Clegg will lose his seat at the next election. I’m betting that he’ll lose his deposit too, hopefully to a penguin or Lord Looney Tune.


        • 89
          Patriot says:

          A Dutchman married to a Spaniard pontificates on Greek matters while pretending to represent Britain. Sack him. He is unreliable.


    • 38
      Sir William Waad says:

      Mr Hunt looks as though the stitches are giving him gyp.


    • 98
      CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

      Who cares about the Hunt story? Only the BBC, the Guardian, Labour, sections of the MSM and, it seems, Guido.

      This News International story has had the arse kicked out of it by all the above to the point that everyday is “Groundhog Day”.

      This witch hunt is but a drop of water in the financial tsunami rolling its inexorable way towards these shores from Europe, but all we are getting from the MSM is “he said, she said, they said, no we didn’t!”

      FFS, change the feckin’ record!


      • 117
        Anonymous says:

        Is cynical old man Guto, trying to minimise fallout for NI and it’s friends?

        Shame on you Guto.


        • 129
          Pundit Too says:

          Cynical Old Man is right and the ubiquitious AnyMouse is probably a beeboid or Gruniard hack stirring up vitriolic bile after 13 years of totally incompetent and corrupt Liebour government.
          I do not like any of them in Westminster, but how anyone of a sane mind can support Liebour after what they have done to this country is a mystery to me.


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          • Gruniad Legals says:

            We’re pretty miffed about that e-mail being put out about us being fearmongered by NDS.

            And we’re seriously considering taking legal action against you Guido and the miscreant who put it out …

            Oh but then again – if we do take action “We’ll reveal our Scheuster hand and agenda” … maybe not then.


        • 142
          CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

          I’m not Guto, just a man in the street sick to the back teeth of all this media obsession.

          I wish I was on Guto’s salary, though.


  2. 2
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    An ex-employee of Jeremy Hunt’s claims that he
    used to like singing so much he had a karaoke
    machine in his car.

    Source Popbitch


  3. 3
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    would it be fair to say that CHunt is a dead duck?

    So why are we still paying for him to be in office?


    • 6
      Arab Spring Onion says:

      He’s a Human Shield


    • 7
      Dave says:

      take a chill pill!


    • 16

      We paid for Gordon McTwat to stay there for 3 fecking years, ffs! – all Hunt did was screw up a tiny department, royally – McTwat was a cross between Rainman with Tourette’s and rabies (but without the savant bit) and a Scottish bulldog licking English off a wasps nest.

      Whilst ruining every possible thing in the UK he could lay his faecal hands on, with the exception, perhaps, of everybody elses view of him outside the LieBore party.


  4. 8
    oi, Hunt! says:

    Resign now you wanker.


  5. 10
    Call me Dave - windy miller, trougher and europhile says:

    I’m presiding over an omnishambles clusterfuck.


    • 13
      ONS says:

      Your omnishambles clusterfuck has just been revised 0.1% downwards, due to late data.


      • 18

        After all that petrol we bought too.
        Hmg better have another scare ready. Eggs or asprin or bbq gas or something or the next quarters figs will be far worse.


        • 26
          Steve Miliband says:

          Ice lollies?


        • 69
          Gordon brown says:

          I’ve decided to ce back to parliament , full time


        • 76
          jgm2 says:

          It needs to be big ticket items Bill. Maybe a c*a*r scrappage scheme to generate several billion quid of ‘growth’. 0.05% of which will be shared between slip-on-shoe-ed c*a*r salesmen in the UK and the rest exported to Germany and Japan.

          Just like last time.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:


            Some of it went to south korea or italy.


          • Well, successive Governments of all flavours f.ucked car manufacturing in the UK, through either criminal negligence or criminal incompetance – take your pick.

            The motor trade and it’s suppliers WERE once the third biggest employer in the UK, many of them skilled jobs.

            Guess the scrappage scheme doesn’t cover the cost of dealers and groups going “Ed’s” up, loss of jobs, places to get your cars serviced?

            What happens is that gradually the manufacturers take on the role of retailing – no conflict of interest and competition there then!


  6. 12
    Call me Dave says:

    Never mid all this flim flam.

    Bask in how my cast iron guarantee’s all work out in the end –


    • 14
      T May (useless) says:

      Net migration to the UK remains more than double the government’s target of fewer than 100,000 people a year, according to new figures.



      • 17
        Legal Crook says:

        Better than the millions that Bliar\Brown\Balls wanted.


        • 40
          Archer Karcher says:

          Actually it’s not. The Coalition of clowns are just as bad.


        • 90
          Its a maths thing says:

          No. The millions Labour let in have not left yet. This is compounding the problem. They are breeding.


        • 135
          Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

          Only a couple of thousand came up here.


          • Handycock Immigrant Trafficker says:

            Tens of thousands in Portsmouth, and we will take tens of thousands more, and some of us are very rich as a result. Boaz.


      • 22
        Loungelizard says:

        It took Labour 13 years to get HMS Gt Britain up to full ahead both, with the boilers about to burst and bits falling off as she careered through the seas of debt and self destruction. going to take a lot longer than two years to slow things down.


        • 25
          Nom Dom Nom says:

          Why cant we stop mass immigration now? I fail to see the reasons why we cant do something now.


          • Archer Karcher says:

            I can, the people in charge, I mean really in charge, not the errand boys Dave ‘n’ Nicky. Want national identity to be destroyed and a new non-national one to replace it.


          • Ichabod says:

            I’m looking forward to seeing the census figures, which apparently are to be published from September on; the number of M*hamm*dans in the country might be quite an eye opener–assuming that the followers of the religion of mass rapists all declared their religious affiliations.


          • eezy peezy says:

            Non Dom – Yes, just shut the fcukin doors!


        • 46
          Smig says:

          We’re not slowing down.

          We’re still accelerating towards the iceberg. At a lesser rate.


    • 20
      Nom Dom Nom says:

      I really find it incredulous how all the much lauded policies have crashed and burned but somehow the government manage to polish a turd …….

      1. Immigration policy – failed
      2. Bonfire of the Quango’s – failed & increasing
      3. Austerity – failed & spending more
      4. Economy – failed & dipping

      I’m sure I have missed a bunch.

      Are there any that have worked more to the point?


    • 28
      Labour Policy Wonk says:

      thats chicken feed


  7. 19
    Steve Miliband says:

    Can we see all the texts/emails sent by Labour Ministers when they were in power?

    Maybe those of say Bernie Ecclestone?


  8. 29
    Steve Miliband says:

    Things are bad, but imagine if Gordon was still i/c UK?

    We’d have joined the Euro, built 5 more aircraft carriers and signed up with


    • 32
      Dave says:

      That’s amazing! You know every point in my Plan B!


    • 133
      Cooter Davenport says:

      That’s called a red herring though I don’t expect someone with an IQ as evidently low as yours to understand that. The subject is Hunt’s duplicity and Cameron’s authorization of it.

      Brown was a very poor PM but he is not the topic here. To think or write otherwise merely confirms what many here, no doubt, already appreciate: that you are a fool.


  9. 33
    Pedigree says:

    In our survey eight out of ten cats, who expressed a preference, said their owners didn’t know who any of these humans were.


    • 34
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      And the other two swished thair tails about in the air a little and then walked off disinterested. Whilst the cats pretended they werent looking.


  10. 36
    Sir William Waad says:

    AND he’s wearing a nasty, creased polyester tie.


    • 42
      annette curton says:

      An ill fitting jacket and a shirt collar that’s curling up at the edges, but enough of the Leveson fashion parade for now.


  11. 41
    dave Cameron says:

    When I hear the words “Culture Secretary” I undo the safety catch on my Browning.


  12. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Fred Michel took a battering? Did he heck. Jay was answering questions for him. Also Jay cannot ask a straight question and wait for a straight answer. He is totally unprepared.
    The texts Guido has published are dynamite though, and only a fool or a liar could disagree that they show complete and continuous co-operation between Smith and Michel to secure the deal for Newscorps. This is plain and simply a criminal abuse of the tender process – they should both be arrested. I am surprised Leveson is letting it go on given that evidence because they ought to be questioned under caution.
    I have seen other e-mails where Hunt, via Smith is asking Michel for a “briefing” i.e. asking them what he should know/say. amazed that this is allowed to go on.


    • 60
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Fred Michel is a bullshiting liar. His testamony would not stand up in a court of law. Even Mandleso knows what Michel is about, and you can’t get a better judge than Mandleson of bullshit.


      • 81
        Perfidious c'unts says:

        ‘Frogman lies’. Ha ha! Spastic Brits think they’re special. The world knows different, arsehole.


  13. 50

    On Austrian/Germany border for a few days. Economy very good here, confidence good despite slight dip in May. Euro down.

    Left UK on Monday. Mixed picture in north where I was in the main. Economy flatlining or worse. Pound up.

    Every picture tells a story…


  14. 53
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    He’s toast.

    By the way, I see The Gimp has reintroduced the Ed Balls Building Schools for the Future programme ( BSF )

    Does this make The poe faced Gimp a muttering idiot.


    • 55
      I don't need no doctor says:

      No. There is only one muttering idiot and that is definitely Ed Balls. Why does Bercow let Balls get away with it?


      • 68
        jgm2 says:

        Cameron should just do what the Maximum Imbecile used to do. Just sit down when opposition chunter got too loud. Now Martin and Bercow are/were ‘onside’ with Brown but, even so, if Dave sits down half way through his answer and looks pointedly at Bercow then the jumped-up little gimp will be forced to act. Or reveal himself as nothing but a Labour plant elected purely to frustrate the process. Just like Martin. And every other fucking placeman they inserted over the course of 13 years of mendacity and evil.

        Bercow’s constituency party needs knobbling and Bercow needs de-selected. He’s a fucking disgrace to allow Toxic Ned to carry on with his fifth form barracking.


        • 72
          I don't need no doctor says:


        • 109

          Nail – hit – head

          Spot on.

          With those cuck.old horns Berk Hole wears, he’s not JUST a dik – he’s a Damara dik dik.


          • Rosco Coltrane says:

            “Nail – hit – head

            Spot on.

            With those cuck.old horns Berk Hole wears, he’s not JUST a dik – he’s a Damara dik dik.”

            Can you speak English? You are certainly unable to write it. “Nail – hit -head” is a sentence in your world, is it? Why not try a TV tie-in too, thereby showing everyone what a wit you are?


      • 71
        Abdel from Tooting says:

        I had a customer in my takeaway shop at 2.00 a.m this morning.

        I think he was drunk but he did talk a lot of sense.

        He said that if Mr Cameron was right to call Mr Balls an idiot then that was probably correct because it meant Mr Cameron was an idiot too because they both went to the same university at the same time and studied the same degree and got the same passmarks.

        There is loads of sick outside my shop this morning.


      • 124
        Trahison des Clercs says:

        One of them.


    • 58
      jgm2 says:

      Toxic Ned was planning to squander 55bn quid rebuilding every school whether it needed flattening or not. To create 55bn quid of ‘growth’ presumably.

      Gove’s scheme is costing 2bn quid.

      53bn quid saved.


      More like that please.


      • 65
        I don't need no doctor says:

        And where was Balls going to get the £55bn, borrowing or tax the banks 100%?
        Balls is a muttering tax and spend idiot.


        • 70
          jgm2 says:

          Balls is/was going to get it same way as Labour generated 0.1% ‘growth’ after 2008. By borrowing 300bn quid.


      • 85
        SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

        errrrrrrr jgm2 qouting the BBC…are you feeling OK. Does this mean the leftie BBC are right now……LOL

        55 Billion over 20 years my dear cambo cock sucker 20 years. get things right.

        So 2 Bn for 261 schools = 8million each…harly value for money


        • 92
          My Dad came from Tonypandy says:

          A contract with the Ministry of Education is always a nice contract to have.


        • 93
          Nom Dom Nom says:

          Are you some sort of 4GL communist?


        • 95
          Quisling says:

          Over 20 years – well explain this then…

          The BSF programme had been expected to cost £55bn and was set up under Labour, which pledged to rebuild every secondary school in England.

          So it would be like painting the fucking forth bridge. Once you’ve finished you have to start at the beginning again.

          Or maybe they would use magic pixie dust that meant that 20 years was just nothing for a school.


        • 122
          jgm2 says:

          53bn quid saved.



        • 125
          Trahison des Clercs says:

          Juanca! sa snot


      • 136
        Marion the cat says:

        Went to an old grammar school, **ck it was dismal, paint peeling, radiators non-functioning, sadistic gym teacher, some rooms dated back to 1862 and smelt like it. But God it had superb teaching by today’s standards and a good reputation for Maths and Oxbridge entrants. Why is the physical condition of the school more important these days than the quality of the tuition.


  15. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Having read e-mails Guido has published and seen others on other sites I am amazed that Leveson is continuing with this line of questioning. There is blatant evidence that Smith colluded with Newscorp to ensure that their bid was successsful. Beyond ambiguity, beyond challenge. Hunts role, for now, is irrelevant. I am certain that in any other circumstances Smith would be being interviewed by the police. Leveson will, this afternoon, potentially allow the course of justice to be perverted. And this was all pre-planned by the establishment. Labour have allowed this to happen. It is one cosy club.


    • 62
      Silks R Us says:

      Well we cant just have Jonny come lately like you coming to an ill informed judgement can we.

      Please tell me how you are uniquely qualified to make such an estimate and is your day rate less than £5k?


      • 77
        Rinka Scott says:

        It is normally the little people who get prosecuted.

        I think it is different this time.

        It is the big boys and girls who will be going down.


        • 82
          Tony Bent QC says:

          I’m not having just anyone going down on me!!!! I want a proper Himshe to defend.


      • 96
        Anonymous says:

        No qualifications – will work for free. But just heard Jay say to Michel (I paraphrase) “Mr Smith will say he didn’t say that and if you insist he did that would be very bad for him – was that not just a bit of your own gloss” FFS is he a defence lawyer? Why is Michel even told what Smith will or won’t say? Its a joke.


  16. 80
    Rupert to Jeremy says:

    Gimme a chanc princess. I can mak u happy.


  17. 86
    Anonymous says:

    As a naïve simpleton I voted for what I stupidly thought would be a government that would place the interests of Britain and the British people at the forefront of their policies and have the experience and wherewithal to reverse the cataclysmic self-delusional follies of the last administration. Well, Hey Ho, more of the same, by idiots with no fundamental understanding of what real life is about in this country. This government? has undertaken more “U” turns as a result of advice from little boy advisors, who have never really worked in the real world, and lords / and professors who are ether on a different planet or have lost track with reality. Time is ready for putting Britain and its people first. Industry and jobs is the only way to reverse this country’s dire situation, the financial sector seems unable to shoulder the responsibility alone as it appears to be only interested in greed and the self-perpetuation of the mega rich.


    • 101
      Nom Dom Nom says:

      The problem with our current system is that no matter who you vote for the government always get back into power


  18. 88
    David Cameron says:

    I’m shit. My ministers are shit. My government is shit.


  19. 94
    A Letter To The Editor says:

    SIR- I note, with dismay, that your crosshairs are aimed to miss the gentleman’s brains by some three feet.


  20. 99
    A sniper says:

    Brains? Gentleman? Am I missing something?


  21. 105
    Jimmy says:

    Three sleaze related cabinet resignations is I believe already a record for a single parliament, a fourth with barely two years on the clock would be an extraordinary achievement. At this rate we’ll be into double figures by the next election. Even Major did better than this.


    • 128
      Anon. says:

      The Labour administration did not believe in resignation unless you were caught wandering about in the dark in a park. Blair- Ecclestone, Brown- McBride, and so many lying, devious ministers, I’ve forgotten.


      • 130
        Jimmy says:

        People really do talk some bollocks on here. Blair was ruthless about “resigning” ministers. Mandy was resigned over Hinduja before the report came back clearing him. Hunt on the other hand has been a dead man walking for weeks and is still hanging on like grim death.


  22. 118
    Muter Inga Idiot says:

    Sorry. There’s no sanity left.


  23. 131
    foucalt tudoux wimay says:

    Surely someone with a bit of nous could put match Hunt’s diary with the Spad’s emails to Michel, and check the timings of emails and txts. That would get you to ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ whether the twat was in the room feeding the info to his lackey I reckon.


  24. 132
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    I do not know whether I am hearing this right.

    Mr Hunt was urging Mr Cameron to let the BskyB deal to go through whilst the file was Mr Cable’s responsibility.

    The file was taken away from Mr Cable following a sting involving two young ladies his own vanity and stupidity and a leading British newspaper.

    When this happened Mr Cameron gave the file to Mr Hunt to deal with saying he would deal with it impartially.

    Am I wrong or am I right?


    • 139
      For crying out loud you lot says:

      The key point is – Who gave the job to Hunt?

      ahh – Dave did … so how does that square up with Dave’s utter cravenness to Rupee & Co and don’t forget Blair was just the same.

      Hello – are some of you turkeys out there not getting it!


  25. 140
    Leveson and Co Conspirators says:

    No we do not have a big problem with a WhistleBlower – he was ‘sorted out’ during the Blair ‘n Brown regime, an were working on him now during the Cameron / Clegg regime.

    But we don’t want to mention a Court Order from Southampton County Court wherein the WhistleBlower obtained – a couple of ‘Save’ clauses … in respect of what he can say about Rupee & his henchmen while he batterd off a costs application in the order of £43,000.00 which was set up to scare him off.


  26. 141
    billy says:

    looks to me like people dont like him


  27. 143
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    Oh my God, Labour are now demanding the immediate recall of Parliament over this.

    If it gets its way there will be expenses all round just as there were when Parliament was recalled when people were rioting in the streets.

    It is going to cost the taxpayer payer a pretty penny I tell you.

    Really I say these Mps are spending far too much time away.

    I believe Parliament should sit all year round. Arrange an annual leave calendar and let them work it out as they do in the civil service.

    For Christ’s sake have you ever heard of the Civil Service closing down to go on holiday?


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