May 29th, 2012

Downing Street Hated BBC’s Murdoch Spider’s Web Image

The image Craig Oliver was complaining about at length was perhaps a bit more Hammer House of Horror than BBC News, no worse however than anything produced on this blog. ‘Mad’ Frankie Maude’s people told us he was actually quite pleased with his sinister image. Gordon Brown’s fans bitterly hated the Prime Mentalist image, megawatts of pixels were wasted decrying that hugely successful meme.  The Treasury once balked a bit at one of Guido’s portraits of George Osborne. Though admittedly, unlike the BBC, we don’t pretend to be impartial. On balance Guido thinks we saw Craig Oliver and Norman Smith doing their respective jobs…


Here is the full clip that caused all the trouble:

Video via ConservativeHome


  1. 1
    Charlotte the spider says:

    Look I told you in the last post, I would sooner eat a horse fly fresh off a cow pat thanks.

  2. 2
    a BBC spokesman says:

    I think we got it about right. Remember, impartiality is in our genes.

  3. 3
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    This blog is unreliable today lots of 404 errors.

    Is Brown the new sys admin?

  4. 4
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    “Gordon Brown’s fans bitterly hated the Prime Mentalist image”

    Well I’m all cut up.
    Poor dabs.

    Note to Brown’s fans:
    If Brown hadn’t been clearly mentally deranged he wouldn’t have got the image in the first place.

  5. 5
    Ah! Monika says:

    Just seen.

    Hunt to find Vatican moles. One cushy job to another.

  6. 6
    Ah! Monika says:

    Nor the job.

  7. 7
    Legal Crook says:

    ‘Both doing their jobs': Norman Smith pretending to be too thick to understand Craig’s view. about as false as that cough smith put on to kill the footage for general use.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Does show how sensitive number 10 are about the whole Hunt thing. Hardly surprising since they are defending the indefensible. Bottom line is either Hunt, and his best new mate the Permanent Secretary, either did or did not know what Smith was up to. Given that Smith’s approach bordered on the criminal and could easily have led to an even more embarrassing situation they should both be toast either way.
    Never get a lot from Guido on secret justice – big in the paper press today.

  9. 9
    Cutter Balls says:

    Craig Oliver should stop shooting the messenger. Norman Smith is a weak presenter with obvious bias but the government needs to worry about bigger things.

  10. 10
    Ah! Monika says:

    Thumb up

  11. 11
    M says:

    Who’s face would you put in front Of a picture of Trotsky .

  12. 12
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    It’s rather amusing to watch Cameron and his assorted spinners writhing around and whining like stuck pigs about the BBC. Cameron has had ample time and opportunity, to sort out the rotten corporation, but has done nothing.
    He has none to blame except himself.

  13. 13
    Phil says:

    You missed out the final paragraph “This concludes a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party”.

  14. 14
    Two aspirin and a nick on the wrist can be fatal apparently says:

    Have Blair’s people invited the protester Wakeley-whatever-his-name to a meeting on Harrowden Hills?

  15. 15
    Selohesra says:

    There is still time though for him to grow a pair before the election and deal with this cancer – I can’t believe Clegg is happy with all of his coverage either

  16. 16
    George Galloway says:

    I strongly object to human rights abuses. The massacre of babies and children is disgusting. Except when it’s my muslim mate President Assad ordering the massacres. Then I kiss his arse and salute his indefatigability.

  17. 17
    vicks says:

    False cough? I thought it was a genuine hack.

  18. 18
    biology pedant. says:

    A horse fly would only be on a cow pat if it had made a huge mistake.

  19. 19
    BBC says:

    Thru and thru
    We’re the Bolshevist Broadcasting Cru
    It’s wot we do
    And if you don’t stick it to us
    We’ll stick it to you

  20. 20
    Fish says:

    The Permanent Secretary says, on oath, that Hunt acted entirely properly throughout, and you, for no other reason that you are a c.unt, decide that’s because they are part of a conspiracy.

    Then later, you use the word ‘Justice’.

    You are in serious need of psychiatric help, Anonymous

  21. 21
    Maximus says:

    The Pasty and Lolly Boy couldn’t grow a pair of antennae.

  22. 22
    The Grim Reaper says:

    The BBC is part of the conspiratorial Left wing agenda, initiated by the Campbell-Mandelson-Blair axis from about 1995. Prior to entering government, these and others were fascinated by the fact that the British were inherently conservative or as Robin Cook famously put it “racist”. They looked to Sweden as a role model of entrenched post-war socialism and decided to grow the power of the state, open the doors to mass immigration, establish a pattern of behavioural legislation (Harman’s Equality Laws, etc), ensure their placemen were everywhere & well rewarded – in the Commons, the Judiciary, the Civil Service, the quangos, the church, local government, education, the Treasury, the BBC Trust, the mass media……..

    The policy of Swedification has worked and every agency and arm of influence is now infested by the left wing message. Every student at our colleges and schools and universities will have been indoctrinated by selective Marxist interpretations of history and etc, every news agency, every legal judgement, every treasury decision, every BBC programme is beset with the clarion message that only socialism is the answer (despite huge evidence to the contrary) and that half of the rest of the nation of non believers in this absurd fundamentalism….are “scum”.

    And I’m not paranoid!

  23. 23
    David Cameron says:

    What-o chaps! Another day, another u-turn! But just chillax and look over there, it’s the Olympics! And look over there, it’s the Jubilee! That should keep you all distracted from what a spectacularly shit prime minister I am!

  24. 24
    do me a favour says:

    It’s not Norman Smith’s job to be a mouthpiece for the Labour party.
    He admitted on the tape that he was repeating unsubstantiated claims from Labour and presenting them as fact.

  25. 25
    Gonk says:

    Two flies were sitting on a cow pat, one fly farted, the other said, ” do you
    mind, I’m eating my dinner “

  26. 26
    Old geezer says:

    Just a serious note (I do silly things like that sometimes). The BBC should not be involved in spinning for anyone. It’s news output should be just facts. Comment is for politicians. We need unadulterated facts, so that we can acurately judge the politicians. (And then hang them, I’m all for a hung parliament)

  27. 27
    Saint Tony says:

    But I have to say, look, what is important is that what that man said about JP Morgan paying me £6m for Iraq is completely untrue. I was paid much more than that. £6m is chump change! All those dead soldiers and dead Iraqis have made me much richer than that!

  28. 28
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am me.

  29. 29
    An historian says:

    +1000 Mr Grim

    Archbishop Beardies latest nonsense today is testament to your analysis. He fondly refers to Charles Dickens but neglects to mention the fact that Dickens was a wife abuser, a predator of underage girls and gloried in being an acquisitive, Victorian self made millionaire with racist leanings.

  30. 30
    Tony Blair loves his blood money says:

    Let’s all be honest here. If Blair was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, 90% of the planet would celebrate. I know I would.

  31. 31
    Maximus says:

    more Hammer House of Horror – seems more like Hammy the Hamster.

    Nice to know that Guido’s take on the Great Scotch MacBusturd hit the mark. Scarfe’s take on Five Bellies also went down well with the Sisters too – ironic really as the Sisters succeeded in getting a law against cartoons enacted (viz Tony the Tiger).

  32. 32
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Its very nice to see someone who believes in absolute honest by a member of the political class. ahhhh.

  33. 33
    sockpuppet #4 says:


  34. 34
    UKIPMAN says:

    It’s bad enough BBC personnel spinning the truth. Now they are spinning webs.

  35. 35
    rick says:

    Accurate in every way, although the ground-plan was probably laid long before 1995.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Very rude response – but you too are defending the indefensible – so you have to resort to insults. If you really believe that Hunt and his PS knew nothing of Smith’s behaviour how can you justify their staying in post? And if you believe anyone who speaks to Leveson, on oath, is necessarily telling the truth you are kidding yourself.
    Once more party political bias conquers common sense. From Bliar yesterday back to the first witness I suspect Leveson has heard more lies than truths. If there was justice Cameron would have ordered a proper enquiry not left it to Leveson who said he would make no judgements on Hunt.
    When will you stop eating politicians shit and then telling them it tastes nice?

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    gaurdian jornalist and met policeman will not be charged over hacking leaks


  38. 38
    AC1 says:

    and Dave is doing Feck all about it.

    Must send Billions to countries that do this sort of thing…

  39. 39
    General I. Zay-Shong says:

    Indeed. Even his best mate, God, would find it hard not to see the funny side.

  40. 40
    Amelia Hill says:

    I told you I was innocent and wouldn’t be charged !

  41. 41
  42. 42
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    Angela Merkel and Merkozy have suffered worse.

    It is simply the modern media.

    If Cameron had any sense he would only be seen on camera two or three times a week and public utterances would be limited.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    It is telling that you use the word “conspiracy”, I didn’t. If Hunt and his PS acted “entirely properly” why was Smith allowed to do what he did? That’s the question that cannot be answered because Hunt was either incompetent or corrupt. His PS has now aligned himself to that position.

  44. 44
    A charity fundraiser says:

    Any one who applied for funding from the socialist subsidy system will have been well practised in mock socialese weasel words like ” sustainable”, “appropriate” “diverse” “community” “minority” “global warming” etc or no funds came your way……..

  45. 45
    Fish says:

    You didn’t use the word conspiracy but you implied it.

    Clearly you have not been keeping up with this. ‘Smith do what he did’ – what do you mean exactly? And your evidence is what, precisely?

  46. 46
    Fish says:

    + + + Very good. No doubt some hack will nick that as their own.

  47. 47
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Oi ! There’s Only One Mad Frankie around these parts

  48. 48
    Tubs says:

    I’d find it funnier still if his wife was diagnosed with face-cancer…

  49. 49
    Legal Crook says:

    CPS: let the Guard-ian of the hook. Jounalist and her police boyfriend not to be prosecuted.

  50. 50
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    You need to learn the difference between “who’s” and “whose”. A dictionary might help.

  51. 51
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    She has been. Mind you, her physical ugliness is nowhere near as bad as her mental and emotional ugliness. She’s one of the most bigoted people going.

  52. 52
    Col Nut says:

    And the other one said “Excuse me but your humans are undone.”

  53. 53
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    I won’t celebrate until he’s dead. Same for all his Liebore cronies.

  54. 54
    Terrible But True says:

    Blimey, it’s like Night of the Long Knives…

    Wondering why no comments appearing here, either.

  55. 55
    Small Testicle says:

    “interpretation of history.”

    The BBC’s interpretation of history seems to be non critical of foreign countries behaviour, but openly critical of the UKs.

    The latest example was “Singapore 1942- End of Empire” Sunday night.
    The impression I got from the programme was that Japan was liberating Asia from the racist imperialists.
    Yet no mention was made of Japanese atrocities like biological weapon testing on Asian civilians. There was no mention of these weapons being used.

    Historical context seemed absent.

    Paxmans Empire series forgot the context of the Indian Mutiny which the Tzar’s men in Afghanistan had or were aiding in an effort to destabilize India during the Crimean war ,with the intention of drawing away forces from the Crimean front.
    They could not even bring themselves to explain the context of how Egypt became a de-facto British protectorate after the Battle of the Nile, when the Ottomans were shown to be incapable of protecting Egypt as had been their historical role at the time.

    Being critical of foreigners is absent and therefore so must historical context be absent.

  56. 56
    Col Nut says:

    Reid’s under the bed.

  57. 57
    Mad Dog Murcoch says:

    BBC would do well to stick to the facts and drop the comedy “The Day Today” graphics.

  58. 58
    Jim says:

    This must be one of the most dishonest reports manufactured by the BBC that I have seen in a long time. It is not a news report but a written story by the BBC moving facts and dates and actual events to suit their spin. No wonder Oliver had a go, but he should still have caught on to cough holding his attention whilst the camerman operated behind his back. From now on he will have to look over his shoulder rather than face a BBC reporter attracting his attention.

  59. 59
    Kevin T says:

    Given that Francis Maude is a dead ringer for Chancellor Palpatine out of the Star Wars movies, he may as well embrace being portrayed as sinister.

  60. 60
    Jimmy says:

    “no worse however than anything produced on this blog.”

    Not true. The BBC has made no effort to disguise their identities.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Smith passed information to Michel in advance of it being issued to Parliament – my evidence is
    a)he said it and
    b) the e-mails exist.
    What more do you need? And which bit of “why was Smith allowed to do what he did?” do you not understand? His actions should have been monitored by Hunt and or his PS.
    You would want us to believe Smith is an absolute idiot – which according to his last assessment (by, amongst others Hunt and his PS) is not the case.
    As for people lying under oath! I suspect that Leveson has heard more lies and lies by omission – usually memory loss – than he has heard truths. From the master liar Bliar yesterday right back to the first witnesses.
    I am not on a witchhunt for Jeremy Hunt, or the Tory party – they are all as bad as each other.
    Not to worry though because once Clarke gets his secret justice bill through there will be no debate – we will never get to know anything.
    Still as long as we stick up for our team eh?

  62. 62
    Central Office stooge says:

    Could be. Perhaps he’s trying to copy Dave’s LOL errors?

  63. 63
    Central Office stooge says:

    And for those of you who don’t like sport… here’s Alan with the sport.

  64. 64
    bald old git says:

    from today’s BBC website, reporting the decision to ax Dirk Gently’s holistic Detective Agency:

    We’ve loved having Dirk on the channel but the licence fee freeze means less British drama on BBC4,” said a BBC spokeswoman.

    Nothing to do with the hemorrhaging of audience share from 1,000,000 to under 600,000, then …

    And, as the BBC have seen fit to explain this decision in a political context directly with the licence fee freeze, perhaps they will agree to the release of all papers concerning the decision to axe this series to see how directly this has worked …

    FOI request, anyone …?

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    A report with selective amnesia. Cable fucked the bid up when he ran his mouth to the press. Is this more about covering fire for their coalition partners rather than an out and out scandal?

    Five full minutes and not a single mention of the Lib Dims?

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Quite – and if Cable hadn’t opened his mouth the Bid would have been spiked anyway.

    Labour HQ don’t seem to be talking about this aspect quite so much right now …

  67. 67
    joescotus says:

    nail hit on head+++++

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    We do know this a matter of public record. The whole reason JH was given this brief was that Cable showed definate bias against Murdoch.

    So why aren’t we calling for Cable’s head? or is he a member of your tribe?

    A big slice of stinking hypocracy pie for Labour, Lib Dems and the Conservative party please.

  69. 69
    mexican pete says:

    ..but not much. An English grammar book would be far more useful.

  70. 70
    mexican pete says:

    Nice to see the old foks still have a sense of humour, even though their pensions are being filched from under them.

  71. 71
    mexican pete says:


  72. 72
    mexican pete says:

    therefore you be

  73. 73
    Timon of Athens says:

    Norman Smith still choking on Mandelson’s pubes!

  74. 74
    mexican pete says:

    Yeah the muzzbots tried that one too a while back.

  75. 75
    mexican pete says:

    Almost right. Change ‘week’ to month (or even year) and ‘limited’ to non-existent’. Then he might be able to get some work done.

  76. 76

    Anonymous, I take it then you don’t believe Tom Watson when he says he didn’t know that Damien McBride and Dolly Draper were conspiring to maliciously smear Tory MPs and their families when he sat at the next desk and shared the same office as his drinking partner McBride?

  77. 77

    EVERY comment I post to this site lately is MODDED. FFS Guido get the fecking thing sorted. Do you know how many English words contain the letter E @?

  78. 78
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    The photograph was taken in Brick Lane.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Please see my post below. I do not have a tribe. We need to be past this approach now if we are not to become a banana republic. There is massive collusion between all parties to keep them all at the top, and worse, out of gaol. Labour have most to lose at the moment – because of Iraq and rendition, so they will not put pressure on the Torys – they need cover for Straw and co (and leaders’ brother). We need the old Guido more than ever.

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    I do not believe Watson – no. I think new/old and any age of Labour in between stank. I despise Mandelson and Campbell makes me want to vomit. What I want to put an end to (not like I have a chance) is the blatant and blind defence of “lying cheats” because it is “my lying cheat” – because that leads to the lowest common denominator aka Nick Clegg.

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