May 31st, 2012

Follow the Money

There is an editorial split in the Guy Newsroom over Hunt: Neo-Guido thinks he’s politically toast, but Guido cannot see any LEGAL bullet that will force him out, yet. If you disagree Guido is the offer on Smarkets and is backing Hunt to survive. Come and take his money if you think he is wrong…

As it stands, punters think Hunt has a 36% chance of survival. Which is up from this morning…


232 Comments

  1. 1
    Init says:

    I aint heard anything that suggests Hunt has to go!

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    • 3
      Ah! Monika says:

      Agree. I think he’s well on top of the game, although he seems to have a rather dry mouth!

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    • 4
      BBC News Editor says:

      Then you haven’t been following us too closely….we are hunting down the evil Tory scum and protecting all socialist scum

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      • 6
        BBC spokesperson says:

        The BBC – Hideously white

        White powder at White City

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        • 210
          Anonymous says:

          Hunt came out with lots of ‘I can’t remember’ and ‘I don’t recall’, the responses of a scoundrel.

          Plus lots of meetings with no officials or minute takers present and most of his significant email correspondence went through his private email account. How convenient.

          He clearly broke the ministerial code yet Cameron won’t sack him. Cameron introduced the ministerial code but is now instigating yet another u-turn by not implementing it when necessary.

          Cameron clearly thought that he and Hunt were wrong, he in appointing someone so biased in favour of News Corp. He saved one of his many u-turns for today to deflect attention from Hunt.

          Hunt should clearly go.

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      • 12
        Anonymous says:

        Why not hunt them all ? Equal opportunities and all that

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      • 19
        Sres says:

        BBC coverage at the moment is the complete opposite of what I just watched…

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        • 24
          The man who froze the BBC's telly tax says:

          Same here. It beats me how they manage to report the complete opposite of what was said. It has to be said that they are rather good at it though.

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          • Sres says:

            They assume the vast majority do not follow this, so anything they can do to bash the gov they will.

            The fact the gov are lining up everything for them, doesn’t mean they need to twist and spin these things.

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        • 219
          Jim says:

          Sky as well.
          I am going to have to get my information from elsewhere.

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    • 22
      Jezza Hunt says:

      Did I mention super fast broadband?

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    • 29
      Dave is the problem, not Jezza says:

      Of course the real error was committed by David Cameron. Hunt has not actually done anything. He had previously expressed an opinion that he saw nothing wrong with the Sky bid and thought that Sky was very important to the UK media industry. Absolutely nothing wrong in that but Cameron should have appointed someone else to be the quasi judge.

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      • 35
        just asking says:

        Which civil servants advised Cameron to set up this inquiry and use this obviously partisan judge?

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        • 42
          Puzzled Dave says:

          Yes it’s rather odd that an inquiry into phone hacking and bad behavior by the press has morphed into one of the politics of a corporate takeover.

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          • do me a favour says:

            Exactly how much is this whole charade costing us?
            The public has a right to know.

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          • jgm2 says:

            It’s the Starr Precedent.

            The Starr enquiry in the US was set up to investigate some real estate investments of Bill Clinton. But because the boundaries of the enquiry were ill-defined/non-defined before you knew it you had Monica Lewinsky showing us the contents of her freezer.

            Blair learned from this which is why his ‘enquiries’ were of the form ‘If I was given this ‘WMD report’ report would it be unreasonable to assume it was true’. Nobody was allowed to question how many times Blair had the report re-written until it provided him with precisely the excuse he needed.

            Hey presto – Blair exonerated. By his carefully worded boundaries.

            The bounds of this ‘enquiry’ app*ear to have been drawn up by Labour and the BBC. ‘Find evidence of NI wrong-doing under the T*ry government’.

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          • You, too, have "the spinnies" ?? says:

            *yawns*

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          • Anonymous says:

            It is not “odd” that this has happened – it is because Cameron allowed it to rather than do the right thing. Though actually you are right it is odd that Cameron did this – unless of course he knew what would happen.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Im serious, can somebody say how that happened. It all feels very strange.

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        • 112
          God says:

          All Judges are partisan, they are human beings!

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          Lord of the Manor says:

          Methinks Leveson and Mr Jay have discovered their own gravy train and will be holding this increasingly bizarre enquiry for the rest of their working lives.

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    • 49
      Weygand says:

      There are no legal or moral grounds to sack him and plenty of political reasons as to why DC would not want to.

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      • 62
        The Old Bailey says:

        I personally think he has not helped his career by employing that particular SPAD, but actually, he seems to have done OK so far. Certainly not caught red-handed.

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        • 213
          Weygand says:

          And DC has already confirmed there will be no ministerial enquiry.

          Wonder how the odds of JH going look now?

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  2. 2
    suissebob says:

    My thoughts as outlined earlier.

    What are the points on which he should resign?

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    • 10
      suissebob says:

      In answer to my own question it appears he shouldn’t have talked to ‘interested parties’ in isolation and by not publishing all his Spad’s and his own emails, texts etc he may have misled Parliament (by not publishing said emails etc when he said everything would be published).

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  3. 5
    Mick Philpott says:

    Council wouldn’t give me a bigger house. So we burnt down the one we had so they’d have to give us a new one. With six less mouths to feed, we’re in the money! My solicitor’s going to say we had to do it because of government cuts.

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      Ah! Monika says:

      It was the first time he’d played with petrol, didn’t realise that the fumes cause an explosive result. Next time paraffin. Nice vest on to show off his tattoos to the court.
      By the trial, somebody will have persuaded him to wear a suit and tie, no doubt paid for by the taxpayer

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      • 169
        Anonymous says:

        I dont want to sound bad, but i read that £10,000 has been collected for the kids funerals, and he wants them to have horse drawn hearses. You couldnt make it up !

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    • 16
      AC1 says:

      BBC report along same lines in 3,2,1…

      “Does the wicked tories refusal to reward feckless parasites cause them to murder their own children?”

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      • 37
        Anonymous says:

        How come he doesn’t appear to have suffered any obvious burns if he’d tried to rescue the kids?

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      • 65
        jgm2 says:

        I don’t think the BBC would be so stupid but for sure the Grauniad will go down that track. And I’ll wager a number of their more incontinent contributors have already made the claim.

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        • 83
          AC1 says:

          Then AlJaBeebya would report on the controversy….

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        • 131
          Gonk says:

          The supporters of both the BBC and Guardian will directly claim it to be the case, but the organisations themselves will morph it into an investigation based overseas. Like ” Brazilian underclass left with no money by corrupt officials scavenge on waste tips, eat their own dogs, children, limbs then die. A lesson for the UK ? “

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    • 38
      Mick Philpott says:

      …and it was the taxpayer who forced money on me so I could buy the petrol.

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  4. 7
    Vince Cable's testimony says:

    {mutter..mutter}….Dark forces…someone followed me…my phone was tapped…veiled threats…someone dies in mysterious circumstances..suicide or murder? Who knows…long lens through the bedroom window…computer taken from a train…mail intercepted…Letter written in blood -”if you cross me, you’ll pay you slag!” might have been tomato sauce, not blood..might have been from EDF..anyway… Man in a pub..looked like an assassin..he had a dark cloak and sunglasses…..voices playing through the wireless…’we’re Heeerrreeee!..My cornflakes in the morning..they formed the NewsCorp logo…Paul Burrell..He warned me..’Beware Vince..They’re onto you..”

    …man on a grassy knoll with a rolled newspaper..it was a red top. i couldn’t make out if it was an old NOTW..he looked like a tramp but might have been special forces….woman on the tube..looked at me and said something in Russian or Polish..something like “Geet orf. Youz iz standing ov my feet you old git”..I couldn’t understand her. ..

    39 steps on the tube station at Wapping. 39 times i’ve predicted a recession.
    .. A postcard came though my door. “Dear Frankie + Lil, having a lovely time, wish you were here.”
    There was a picture of the Mona Lisa licking an ice lolly on the front. Postmarked Genoa. It wasn’t even my address on the card. Why did it come to me? Da Vinchi hid the code in the bible. Maybe this was code for “Don’t fuck with Rupert or we’ll kill you.”

    On the News in they reported the Olympic torch arriving. A flame. An eternal flame. Like the right wing Nazis carried at Nuremberg. Murdoch is right wing. The connection is plain to see. ..remember the words? Britain’s Olympic bid? BID!!! Its the BID! The BSkyB bid…I can’t say more..They’re watching us..even now…James Murdoch sat in the very chair just days ago! He was in this room. What does that tell you? it tells you they are watching and waiting and ..maybe worse….

    {whisper} I’m sorry I can’t produce or provide any evidence or corroboration or witnesses..but its all true..I tell you..I didn’t dream it whilst having my afternoon nap..its true..all true..

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  5. 8
    Moby Dick says:

    hunts special advisor done up like a KIPPER

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  6. 9
    Scary Biscuits says:

    Cameron has a record of holding onto ministers until his absolutely forced to fire them. For him, expediency trumps morality so Hunt is there for the forseeable future.

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    • 18
      Loungelizard says:

      A pox on the left, I think Hunt’s a decent guy, as long as the right finds some backbone Hunt’s safe.

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      • 23
        Selohesra says:

        Unfortunately thats quite a big “as long as”

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      • 177
        Anonymous says:

        Fair play to David Cameron, he is loyal to his people. You cant say that about Ed Milliband, he isnt even loyal to his own brother !

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    • 87
      Anonymous says:

      Spare a few thoughts for Andy Coulson. He is now the scapegoat for politicians on all sides. I really hope that Mr Murdoch will find a great job for him, far away from this poxy country, when all this f–king expensive nonsense is done with.

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      • 96
        Loungelizard says:

        Icarus?

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      • 162
        Gonk says:

        I certainly do spare a thought for him and his family.
        He’s become a free ‘hit’ for the whole cowardly lot of em.

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        • 184
          Poe wet tick lie sense says:

          Then he should sp*eek up/out and drop the whole effing lot into the sticky stuff.

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          • Lord of the Manor says:

            but that would make him a lot of rather powerful and often very nasty enemies.

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      • 194
        CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

        Aren’t Strathclyde Police in the pocket of the Scottish Labour Party? I seem to recall they covered up a lot of wrongdoing by Labour politicians and councillors connected with Glasgow Council. Remember the criminal conduct of Stephen Purcell?

        Wouldn’t be at all surprised that Labour had a hand in Coulson’s enforced trip to Jockland. I hope Coulson had a good lawyer with him. I wouldn’t trust the Strathclyde Plod to tell me the time of day.

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        • 201
          Owain Glyndwr says:

          Have worked with more than enough jocks offshore, they admit and it accepted that the glasgow plod are corrupt from top to bottom. Also lots and lots of links to the orange lodges

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    • 199
      Third world hunger says:

      You guys don’t know just how fortunate you are to have politicians of Hunt’s calibre in your government. Hunt came over, and I watched it all today, as a decent guy doing the best he could for the country. I didn’t see sleaze, slippery equivocation, self serving grandstanding just a guy who genuinely does the best he can and responded honestly and clearly.

      I suppose the baying hounds of the left will still continue to go after him but I don’t see any reason for him to lose his job and I hope he gets Mr Smith back on the team as soon as possible. Good talent shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste for some tribal vendetta, Britain is better than that . . . I hope.

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      • 225
        gordy says:

        apart from his tax evasion ,expense fiddling and being a lying bastard he is a wonderfull guy ffs ,he is everything that is wrong with all political partys thieving monkeys with different coloured rosettes no principles and with their nose deep in the trough and up murdochs arse,ffs

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    • 222
      Jim says:

      So he should be.
      He retrived a bad situation that cost him a valuable assistant who stood his ground against overwhelming odds.

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  7. 11
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    So long as Louise Mensch backs Jeremy Hunt,that’s good enough for me.
    Watch her perform at BBC News 24 at 1.30 !!

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    • 84
      McCluskey says:

      Ed Milliband leader ?

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    • 105
      Louise Munch says:

      Too late. I was sat in a real beer garden, talking to a real person, drinking real ale and discussing real issues.

      Did I miss anything?

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    • 175
      Anonymous says:

      She was on the world at 1 with Chris Bryant. He was off course dreadful, calling for Hunt to resign. Louise was rational. Why do we have somebody like Bryant treated like Gods gift to politics, after his underpants escapade. If he was a conservative it would be in item about him !

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  8. 13
    Selohesra says:

    Would be interesting to see whether Gov’t announcement that is was cancelling the BBC licence fee and that hence forth it would have to be self funding would knock this Leveson charade off top ‘news’ item

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    • 20
      AC1 says:

      People REALLY value the BBC, that’s why we have to force them to pay for it.

      Er that makes no sense…

      Propose a tax on letterboxes to fund “educational, interesting and entertaining” mail…

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    • 185
      Poe wet tick lie sense says:

      Cancelling the BBC lie sense fee would be the very bestest of U turns this shower could ever make.

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  9. 14
    shooty* says:

    Dear BBC,
    No matter how much you wet your frilly little communist training pants over Leveson, I note that it consistently fails to make your “most read” list.
    This is because no one cares.
    Kind regards,
    Shooty*

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  10. 25
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Hunt is safe.

    Watson is fat.

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  11. 26
    Harbottle says:

    Meanwhile back in the real world-Spanish economy in deep trouble and the Eurozone looking even more shaky.

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    • 40
      Forkbender says:

      They were only following B’Liar/Brown,Thatcher/Major with their property booms, loads spent on property and mega developements, all through borrowing the booms end and the loans cannot be payed back as there are no buyers because they haven’t the money or unable to obtain loans because the properties cost too much

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  12. 27
    Bob Diamond Teazer says:

    Unless many of the commentators on here work for either the Tory part or News Corp hard to see how you can somehow think Hunt is doing fine. Cable was completely out of order with his comments so what does Cameron do – replaces him with someone who had declared a preference the other way already and was in the pockets of Murdoch. If Hunt had had any sense he would have turned it down instead he gets his SPAD to be a go-between. If he thinks this is quasi judicial God help us. Toast – but maybe eaten cold.

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    • 30
      Fish says:

      I work for neither. And it’s clear you haven’t been listening to this morning’s evidence.

      You obviously relied on Norman Smith’s package for your forensic analysis.

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      • 68
        UKIPMAN says:

        Cameron sought and took legal advice BEFORE appointing Hunt. Of course if the civil service cretins gave the wrong advice shouldn’t they be the ones to be sacked? And Cable made his biased statement while he was the judge, Hunt did not. Also if a judge expresses sympathy for the victim of a violent crime is he not fit to judge that case? If not, why not?

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    • 45
      Anonymous says:

      Agree Bob. Major problem with politics today (imho) is that people put party bias over what is right. If this was a Labour minister majority of views on here would be opposite. At the end of the day though it does not matter one jot because both main parties are corrupt and have been for many years. The result is that neither will ever take the moral high-ground – apart from a bit of sabre rattling – because they can’t. Once Cameron took power he had the opportunity to open so many cupboards full of labour skeletons – he didn’t and he wont. Similarly listen to the deafening silence from Labour about the proposals for secret justice which are designed to protect the likes of Straw et al as much as anything. They have one unwritten but shared manifesto agreement – do nothing to threaten the cosy club.

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      • 55
        Loungelizard says:

        And that Anonymous is the death knell of British democracy.

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        • 115
          joanna public says:

          What took you so long? Do you realise how anachronistic this blog appares to the average woman in the street?

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          • Anonymous says:

            I would if I knew what anachronistic means! But I have been saying this, everywhere, for quite some time.

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          • joanna public says:

            Haven’t we all? Anachronistic is a fairly long word that I bandy about every so often. It lends me an air of intelligence.

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      • 66
        Cosy Club (Members Only) says:

        We’re corrupt but not that stupid as to upset a very nice arrangement thank you. We’ve worked hard to create a system that puts all this power and wealth into so few hands don’t expect us to give it up without a very large pay off.

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      • 67
        Slartibartfast says:

        Amazing how many comments there are on here trying to justify the actions of this repulsive creature. The BBC exists, say the mongs, therefore an opposite though privately run monopolistic monolith must be a good thing.

        Both sides are there to run you and your country into an internationalist post-democratic dystopia, mongs.

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      • 86
        Forkbender says:

        Anonymous, nail on head +1000000

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    • 56
      Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

      The word “unless” is redundant.

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  13. 28
    Fuck the bbc says:

    In first class lounge at euston – dimblebiore in here with 3 teenage male assistants – all travelling first to wherever at our expense

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  14. 31
    Forkbender says:

    Sorry but Ithink hunt is toast as you put it, besides he has Camerons full backing (and you know what follows). Hunt has to remember that he is on oath, found to be telling porkies and he will be following Coulson

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  15. 36
    Ah! Monika says:

    My latest Blac k Bamboo shoot is moving faster than the Leveson Inquiry

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  16. 39
    Raving Loon says:

    Is this thing still going on? What about the EU robbing us blind? Is that not news?

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    • 47
      BBC says:

      We decide what the important stories are.
      Leveson is the most crucial story in the history of reporting and will remain so for the forseeable future.

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    • 60
      Well it's a thought says:

      You know the EUSSR are just like Liebour they have “invested” our money for a brighter future, so please empty your pockets so they can give you an even brighter future.

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    To be sure says:

    Come on you Oirish and vote no. Don’t prove the thick Mick jokes correct.

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  19. 54

    Hunts staying he,s been very well coached .So nothing to see here,move along please,

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  20. 57
    David D says:

    Neo Guido is right

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  21. 58

    Vince Cable’s Leveson testimony..{mutter..mutter}

    “….Dark forces…someone followed me…my phone was tapped…veiled threats…someone dies in mysterious circumstances..suicide or murder? Who knows…long lens through the bedroom window…computer taken from a train…mail intercepted…Letter written in blood -”if you cross me, you’ll pay you slag!” might have been tomato sauce, not blood..might have been from EDF..anyway… Man in a pub..looked like an assassin..he had a dark cloak and sunglasses…..voic/es playing through the wireless…’we’re Heeerrreeee!..My cornflakes in the morning..they formed the NewsCorp logo…Paul Burrell..He warned me..’Beware Vince..They’re onto you..”
    …man on a grassy knoll with a rolled newspaper..it was a red top. i couldn’t make out if it was an old NOTW..he looked like a tramp but might have been special forces….woman on the tube..looked at me and said something in Russian or Polish..something like “Geet orf. Youz iz standing ov my feet you old git”..I couldn’t understand her. ..
    39 steps on the tube station at Wapping. 39 times i’ve predicted a recession.
    .. A postcard came though my door. “Dear Frankie + Lil, having a lovely time, wish you were here.”
    There was a picture of the Mona Lisa with her knockers out on the front. Postmarked Benidorm. It wasn’t even my address on the card. Why did it come to me? Da Vinchi hid the code in the bible. Maybe this was code for “Don’t fuck with Rupert or we’ll kill you.”
    On the News in they reported the Olympic torch arriving. A flame. An eternal flame. Like the right wing Nazis carried at Nuremberg. Murdoch is right wing. The connection is plain to see. ..remember the words? Britain’s Olympic bid? BID!!! Its the BID! The BSkyB bid…I can’t say more..They’re watching us..even now…James Murdoch sat in the very chair just days ago! He was in this room. What does that tell you? it tells you they are watching and waiting and ..maybe worse….
    {whisper} I’m sorry I can’t produce or provide any evidence or corroboration or witnesses..but its all true..I tell you..I didn’t dream it whilst having my afternoon nap..its true..all true……..all true….”

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  22. 59
    Baroness Warsi says:

    I told you I would be first to go !

    Lump on me at 2/1………….it’s like buying money !

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  23. 61

    Hmmm.. what’s the mod word? Not i/ce or p/ea.
    Whats another one?

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    • 69
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I get modded for my app_auling spelling.

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      • 81

        That was the one.

        Its too long a piece but I didn’t remember which words to cut.

        Vince Cable’s Leveson testimony..{mutter..mutter}

        “….Dark forces…someone followed me…my phone was tapped…veiled threats…someone dies in mysterious circumstances..suicide or murder? Who knows…long lens through the bedroom window…computer taken from a train…mail intercepted…Letter written in blood -”if you cross me, you’ll pay you slag!” might have been tomato sauce, not blood..might have been from EDF..anyway… Man in a pub..looked like an assassin..he had a dark cloak and sunglasses…..voic/es playing through the wireless…’we’re Heeerrreeee!..My cornflakes in the morning..they formed the NewsCorp logo…And the toast formed a burn image. Like the sun…you see …don’t you?…The Sun? A…man on a grassy knoll with a rolled newspaper..it was a red top. I couldn’t make out if it was an old NOTW..he looked like a tramp but might have been special forces….woman on the tube..looked at me and said something in Russian or Polish..something like “Geet orf. Youz iz standing ov my feet you old git”..I couldn’t understand her. ..
        39 steps on the tube station at Wapping. 39 times i’ve predicted a recession.
        .. A postcard came though my door. “Dear Frankie + Lil, having a lovely time, wish you were here.”
        There was a picture of the Mona Lisa with her knockers out on the front. Postmarked Benidorm. It wasn’t even my address on the card. Why did it come to me? Da Vinchi hid the code in the bible. Maybe this was code for “Don’t fuck with Rupert or we’ll kill you.”
        On the News in they reported the Olympic torch arriving. A flame. An eternal flame. Like the right wing Nazis carried at Nuremberg. Murdoch is right wing. The connection is plain to see. ..remember the words? Britain’s Olympic bid? BID!!! Its the BID! The BSkyB bid…I can’t say more..They’re watching us..even now…James Murdoch sat in the very chair just days ago! He was in this room. What does that tell you? it tells you they are watching and waiting and ..maybe worse….
        {whisper} I’m sorry I can’t produce or provide any evidence or corroboration or witnesses..but its all true..I tell you..I didn’t dream it whilst having my afternoon nap..its true..all true……..all true….”

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        • 98
          A vet standing in for a doctor on strke says:

          Dementia ,
          coach trip to a Swiss clinic
          Kindest thing really

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      • 82

        Thanks Sock.

        It was a reference to a deluded former royal butler that was causing the problem.

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    • 70
      a non says:

      dríve. Hárry, Coal

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      • 78
        tube_thumper says:

        yes this site is censored all the time so certainly not representing any views that might offend the joe’s or even fatty fawkes

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    • 77
      annette curton says:

      Could be just making the basic mistake of trying to use vowels, any from one to five.

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    • 99
      Forkbender says:

      told thi lad

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    • 102
      Forkbender says:

      That one anyway, maybe Thatcher?

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      • 228
        Art Scargill says:

        I for one do not believe these rumours about her senility.

        What we are seeing are the early stages of a cover up.

        You may be able to cover a miner in coal dust so that you cannot see him in the dark. But he is still a coal miner.

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    Some Geezer wot prefers steaks over stakes says:

    My father once imparted a bit of wisdom to me about wagering: “When you are at the race course and betting on a ‘can’t-miss,’ it is still wise to hold out the train fare home.” I understood what he meant, although I always wondered why someone wouldn’t have a return ticket. Probably thought they could hire a limo home; there are punters like that, you’d figure.

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    • 85
      illogical says:

      My mum always said never to trust anybody with a beard, especially one that talks through his hand, covering his facial expressions. Jay grasping at straws.
      On the Feng Shui front Hunt’s blue tie represents loyalty and trustworthiness- obviously both Jay and Leveson are void of any “chi” today.
      Put me down for a tenner for Hunt surviving the day.

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      • 103
        Forkbender says:

        a day is but 24 hours, you know U-turn Dave

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        • 113
          illogical says:

          Hunt will survive.
          Bet Cable will be removed from the cabinet before Hunt.
          Bet Ed will emerge after this recess with a new revamped internal nose.
          Bet George will throw you all a bone sooner rather than later.
          Make your choice ‘bender’.

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          • Forkbender says:

            I’m with neo Hunt goes
            Cable stays, for how long I don’t know
            Ed was supposed to have had a nose job last year
            What sort of boner are you refering to or you mean a bone, in the latter case
            don’t bet on it how many U-turns on the budget in the past month
            I’ve made my choice, Hunt goes

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      • 121
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        Do you also divine omens from entrails, along with the body-language and feng shui interpretations? I realise that that is how it might be done in Westminster; at any rate, those sorts of methods would seem to be no more daft than some of the forecasting they actually DO use.

        And I do hope you have train fare home, however it turns out. Daddy Geezer had a point– as do you, although I believe yours is atop your head.

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        • 148
          illogical says:

          When you see the information supplied by experts and the present state of the world achieved by these experts then Feng Shui, the daily horoscope, even the wet finger in the air would appe@r to hold as much credibility in reaching a conclusion in both financial and political dealings.
          Even both Guido and Neo- in the know, cannot agree on the outcome.
          Am at home after a morning in the sun on the golf course where the wet finger trick worked perfectly. No need for a train fare.

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  25. 71
    Mad Dog Murcoch says:

    where is the smokin’ gun? why resign?

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  26. 72
    UKIPMAN says:

    Put me down for a fiver on Leveson.

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  27. 74
    tube_thumper says:

    and you are now moderating criticism of fatty and his hypocracy. you are so finished

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    • 75
      tube_thumper says:

      fatty fawkes that is.

      I wrote a little pice on fatty’s promotion of shit gambling site… er sponsor smarkets and guess what === censored

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      • 106
        Forkbender says:

        Of course you are modded for mentioning said person, it’s his sensitive nature

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Guido id right, Hunt may survive, but not because he is innocent or because of an absence of evidence. There are two critical pieces of evidence in favour of his demise; firstly, it is impossible to argue that Cable should have been removed from the decision and not argue the same of Hunt given that each had equal bias in respect of the decision. Indeed, the inquiry has highlighted the appalling rush of Hunt to reject OFCOMs advice as soon as he had the authority. The second issue, which casts doubt on his wider fitness for office and not just the Murdoch involvement, was his rejection of both legal advice and that of his permanent secretary about contact with Murdoch and his team. However, Hunt is a lightening rod for Dave. The irony of all this is that the one man to come well out of his appearance at the inquiry, regardless of your wider view of him , is Cable – so ironic.

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    tube_thumper says:

    fatty wil probably accept ads from syrian regime soon

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    Was never tort to reed says:

    Nobody died. So why all those well-paid people sitting around looking at monitors all day? Where’s the trial of the lefties who actually DID damage to this country? (BSKYB thing never actually happened!) National Union of Teachers ought to be before a judge first thing tomorrow.

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    • 90
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Bliar and Brown should be in court for starters. I’ve never understood why for example Cameron hasn’t ordered a full public inquiry into the Iraq war, Afghanistan (especially Brown’s part in not funding it) and of course rendition along with Nu Liebore’s links ot Gaddafi and Libya.

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    • 111
      Forkbender says:

      The lefties were watching the footy on Murdochvision that is why they were not on the job

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  31. 88
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Richard ‘I’m a mong’ Bacon on Radio 5 thinks Hunt is a Tory shit and should just resign anyway.

    Bacon seems obsessed with a text Hunt sent BEFORE he got the job “I read it in the media Guardian” squeals the little left wing twat.

    How anyone thinks reading the media Guardian is a good thing to admit aloud is beyond me.

    The thing with the BBC is that they think it’s wrong for Hunt to get the job because he was in favour of the bid but it was OK for Cable to have the job because he was against the bid.

    From what I’ve heard the bottom line is Hunt followed what Ofcom and the OFT said, so what is the problem? Murdoch started Sky and already had effective control of Sky, as Hunt said, there was no issue of plurality.

    If the left like the BBC had an issue why didn’t they do something about it in the 13 years that Bliar and Brown were in charge?

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    • 117
      Slartibartfast says:

      There isn’t a legal issue re how the BSKYB bid failed. From an outside standpoint, it’s all about how the government and a media corporation (who tried to hack into the phones of the families of 9/11 and 7/7 victims and the phone of a murdered child) have used quite legal ruses (undertakings in lieu) to avoid the bid going to the Competition Commission. If you don’t think that News Corp gaining control of even more of our media isn’t a plurality issue, then what would be?

      Leveson is there to do the required damage limitation and misdirection exercise.

      Richard “Mong” Bacon is not just a mong, he is also a lefty creep. But you already know that.

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      • 135
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        All of the media were at the phone hacking, it’s just the BC and the Guardian have decided they want to target BSkyB.

        For all the hacking, if you remove the Milly Dowler story (which was misreported by the Guardian as there was no evidence they deleted messages) from the issue the only people hacked are the rich, famous and politicians all of them have since received rather nice payouts. Personally I don’t give a shit about them, anyone who owns a mobile phone knows the instructions clearly tell you to change your pin number, just as your bank does when they give you a new bank card.

        There’s no proof at all that 9/11 or 7/7 victims had their phones hacked AND of course just where did they get the phone numbers from? The Police? Funny I don’t see any Police officers being questioned, you know the like Amelia Hill’s lover for example.

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        • 179
          Slartibartfast says:

          “who tried to hack into the phones of the families of 9/11 and 7/7 victims and the phone of a murdered child”. In the case of the families of the 9/11 and 7/7 victims they, as far as I know, had their names on a database. As far as Milly Dowler is concerned they did access her phone messages and did not delete the messages, but it wasn’t for want of trying was it?

          I’d love to see many more police officers and detectives being questioned as well, only in a court and by a prosecutor and I know that the BBC et al are forcing us all into involuntary gag and vomit reflexes but I am still glad that News Corp is falling away into the hole that it dug for itself.

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      • 139
        Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

        Sick to death of the sneering, jumped up twat that is Ross Hawkins and his sickening ‘Let’s get rid of Jeremy Hunt’ propaganda. Incapable of unbiased reporting. Sack him.

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      • 186
        Anonymous says:

        Millie Dowlers parents, got 3 million from the Murdochs. They chose to take money, so shouldnt the media stop banging on about Millies phone ?

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        • 195
          Anonymous says:

          The Dowlers certainly went down in my estimation when they accepted money for the phone hacking of their daughter’s phone. . What do you spend such money on? Do you enjoy spending it?Only got because of a death. I don’t ever want to hear about Mr. and Mrs Dowler again.

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        • 196
          CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

          The Dowlers took the money because The Guardian, shyster Mark Lewis, the BBC and a few clueless coppers created a shitstorm over the allegations that Millie’s phone was hacked and messages deleted by News International journalists. That this allegation has subsequently been found to be untrue (messages on 72 hour auto-delete) and there is no evidence at all that the phone was hacked, shouldn’t the Dowler’s be repaying that money?

          By the way, how much of that Murdoch payment did Lewis take as his fee?

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    • 142
      GORDOOM BROON says:

      Regardless of Bacons’ political leanings Hunt is a lying fucker who has got an aid to carry the can for him
      I voted for this shower of shit that masquerades as a Tory party , and now i can’t do nowt about it !

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      • 163
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        Hunt’s just incompetent, but if that was a sacking offence, all 650 of them would be gone.

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      • 188
        Anonymous says:

        Richard Bacon is a dreadful presenter, i never know how he keeps his job.

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  32. 91
    illogical says:

    Hunt will be toast. Jay tripped Hunt up that he hit the send button once in the middle of composing an email. J^sus wept!

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  33. 92
    Tron says:

    I think Hunt is handling this well.
    No smoking gun.

    Labour have over played this as usual.

    Vince Cable is the one who came across as biased and incompetent.

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    • 120
      Forkbender says:

      I beg to differ old lad, Hunt bought a lot of this upon himself Vince just over reached himself but in general been proved right but should have voiced his opinions and kept them to himself, but again he was too honest, Hunt was not saying anything excet to Sky, Smith, Osborne and through him Cameron

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      • 140
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        Hunt just looks alike a wet fish, bottom line is he didn’t do anything that caused the decision to be the wrong one.

        As I have pointed out before, Sky is now vulnerable to a takeover from say Google, Apple, Facebook or a Chinese media company.

        I wonder how the BBC or Guardian would feel if someone like Apple came in and bought Sky and pumped billions into it?

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        • 198
          CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

          The Beeb probably wouldn’t mind if a company like Apple took over BSkyB. From what I’ve seen of its management, they’re a bunch of Champagne Socialists and Limousine Liberals as much as the staff at Auntie.

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    • 137
      gordy says:

      david blunketts guide dog can even tell he is lying

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    • 189
      Anonymous says:

      At last somebody sees Vince for what he is! what is he a Dr of anyway ?

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    Anonymous says:

    Guido is right, these parasites cling on regardless of their behaviour.

    After all, if a sociopathic, phone and tantrum throwing PM wouldn’t go, why would a minor government stooge?

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  36. 104
    illogical says:

    O/T.Guido. Put me down for another tenner .
    Despite there being a Friday Caption contest tomorrow, I bet that no winner will be announced and no monies, tee shirt or bottle of the good stuff will be relinquished by your offices.

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    • 144
      Association of British Bookmakers says:

      You won’t find anyone who’ll touch that one. We don’t offer betting lines on sure things. And if Guido Fawkes were (through an intermediary) your counterparty on the bet, he’d actually do it for a change, if the bet were large enough to cover the cost of the giveaway with plenty to spare. That’s us fucked no matter how you do the maths.

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      • 165
        illogical says:

        The bet was with Guido. He can take my money and supply a bottle of Chateau Rubbish for a winner at my expense but am gambling that the Irish vote and outcome is his greater priority at the moment.
        As long as I can complete this comment without any slip ups it will disappe@r into the others and be overlooked.

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  37. 107
    gordy says:

    umm well umm ,umm umm
    he cant even lie well, total incompetent sycophant who has been promoted well above his grade and ability,
    if you clowns imagine he is doing well it shows how we reward mediocrity and the old school tie network,
    go now you shameless t0sser

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  38. 114
    gordy says:

    daves judment on hunt coulson brooks etc shows a level of incompetence ,which makes gordon brown look competent and efficient.

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  39. 116
    Dudley Zoo says:

    when the fuck will the polticoes get back to running the country?

    on second thoughts keep looking at your Levison screens

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  40. 124
    GORDOOM BROON says:

    I thought *unt looked pale this morning when i went out
    I come home and he looks like he’s been on a fuckin sunbed all day
    he’s lying his arse off !

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  41. 125
    Raving Loon says:

    BBC headlines:

    HUNNTT!!! OMG MURDOCH! EVIL TORIES!!!

    This concludes are new bulletin.

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    • 159
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      You forgot the other one

      “You were all better off when Gordon was in charge”

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  42. 127
    Beastly sino doctor says:

    How abbout honour and decency ?
    OOPS i forgot ts a politician

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  43. 129
    why employ 1 when you can employ two. The BBC says:

    How come the BBC can afford sending two reporters down to the courts and broadcast one interviewing the other about what hunt said. Surely the reporter giving the answers could have given the whole report?

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    • 143
      Beast Beast Cee says:

      They can afford to as they are a velvet mafia clan who extort money from normal folk with the implied threat of violence if we dont pony up
      Sadly for them I,m not normal so tell them to fuck off

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    • 153
      I could waste money if the price was right says:

      Just be thankful they didn’t have them reporting from The Seychelles.

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    • 157
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Two reporters? And the rest, Radio 5 have John Piennar down there for starters, I’m sure Toenails will be lurking and probably Allegra Stratton from Newsnight as well

      There will be at least 10 beeboids.

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  44. 136
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Hunt seems to have a reasonable explanation for all of this hoo hah; Michel was a flattering toad, Spad Smith kept most of his nonsense at arms length, but without getting into a fuss. Yes, some inapproproate joshing, but, by and large, nothing to influence the “bid” one way or another. All rather fair, but of course the real villains here are the BBC, their bias is frankly inexcuseable, and should be exposed. Lefties indeed.

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    • 147
      gordy says:

      feckin idiot would be giving you praise you loon

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    • 156
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      I just wonder what would happen if all the meetings, texts and emails were released of the BBC scum grovelling to the Government for an increase in the tax we’re forced to pay to keep them in rent boys and Cocaine?

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  45. 145
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    For all the texts and emails etc they still haven’t found ANYTHING that you can compare to St Vince of Cable’s fuck up.

    The BBC/Guardian have overplayed their hand once again.

    I will piss myself laughing if at the end of all this no one actually ends up being charged (in relation to the hacking not Leveson obviously)

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    • 166
      gordy says:

      do you get your incontinence pants on the nhs or private?

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    • 202
      fuck the bbc says:

      Whole thin running out of steam – first Coulson was going to pull the roof down, then Brooks, then Smith, then Hunt – and what they have produced fuck all – the most interesting stuff is the lying under oath done by various Liebour people and journalists thats not been reported

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    • 212
      Dave Laws says:

      Vince was at least honest, compared to Jeremy.

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  46. 146
    "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." says:

    Hunt is probably revealed as “a fool” for texting James Murdoch and Fred Michel and even Adam Smith with silly text messages/responses to their texts but he’s no different to a lot of his generation who text inappropriate comments or put their lives on to the internet or write derogatory comments about their employers and then whinge when they’re disciplined under their terms of employment and fain total amazement that that should be the casebut there is nothing to suggest that he did not act in any other manner as proper in regard to his quasi-judicial role….so I think he’ll survive albeit as a much chastened individual who will in future think twice about holding meetings without officaisl present and also texting response to lobbyists

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  47. 155
    gordy says:

    i like this place there are more frothing mouthed rabid right wing loons than you can shake a stick at.

    i dont normally praise tory policy but this is a glowing example of care in the community.

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    • 183
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Shouldn’t you be out fucking a small boy in the woods?

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      • 191
        gordy says:

        sorry that was not on the curriculum at my comprehensive,
        although i believe it is compulsory at most public schools ,and almost certainly you were a victim,

        please email ,buggeredateton@rus
        and we will reply before you are senile and pishing yourself in the next bed as thatcher .

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        • 204
          yawn says:

          Thankfully the standard of English taught at my Comprehensive was far better than yours.

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  48. 158

    I agree with the elderly Guido.

    It appеars to me that Hunt has been rather niaïve over his approach which renders him a mental age of 15 as compared with his fellow MPs who only display an average of 13.

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  49. 160
    This blog get more lively the more people get tanked up says:

    To a point. Are you still watching two blokes bore the shit out of each other?

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  50. 161
    Toe sucker says:

    Got to be the first time the arts minister has been famous since David Mellor outed for making love to his mistress in Chelsea FC strip.

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  51. 181
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Please, please, please – do not sack Hunt. I live in Surrey and the last thing we want is the risk of him visiting the constituency for the first time in living memory.

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  52. 190
    Nic Niewart says:

    Cameron’s judgement again in question. Surrounded by so many incompetents, he has a rare talent for choosing questionable people: Brooks and her unsavoury horsey husband,(chums for a long time, I gather) Warsi, Coulson, Fox, Hunt; and he gets stuck in the most idiotic goofs: Heathrow queues (still not solved), the pastie debacle, the charities mess, the granny tax, the continuing pointless war, you begin to think is he one of the incompetents himself.
    It could be worse: we could have Miliband for PM with Balls, Harman, Jowell, and all the Labour crew back again.

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  53. 197
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Hunt lives to fight another day imho, the liebore scalp demanders must be fuming!

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    • 221
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      Yes, all those smug lefties at that self-congratulatory awards show that Guido was at must be spitting nails.

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      • 232
        Boris's Handbag says:

        Although it’s brilliant news for anyone who wants a giant shit-stain to point at in 2015 when the coalition has “de-coupled”.

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  54. 206

    Ministerial code moved to fiction section alongside the last budget.

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    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Did not watch alot of it this afternoon, but what i watched was something along these lines

    Jay-would you agree that
    hunt-no
    jay- is it fair to say that
    hunt-no
    jay-was your thinking at the time
    hunt-no
    jay-did you not think
    hunt-no

    Jay must be cursing the liebour script writers

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  56. 209
    Jess The Dog says:

    He’s toast as soon as Parliament returns, unless he can hide or take a sickie…

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  57. 211
    Dave Laws, Liam Fox etc etc says:

    No greater love hath any man than this, that he lay down his friend for his life

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  58. 226
    murky says:

    Hard to accept that the Tories are just as rotten as the Labourites? Dear God, They could have a career in journalism!

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    I agree with Harriet on this one says:

    Hunt is as guilty as hell of complicity and abuse of public office as well as maladministration.

    Osborne is now coming into the frame alongside Cameron.

    The only happy bunny I can see is Micky Grove plus a few police officers looking for some more OT for dawn raids!

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  60. 229
    John says:

    By far the most interesting statement in Hunt’s evidence was that there were 45000 objections to the Murdoch UIL considered by OFCOM and when they accepted that it remedied the situation they got a further 150000 more objections in the second seven day consultation period . The anti Murdoch coalition led by the BBC must have gone into overdrive. Perhaps we should hear more about the anti Murdoch forces on the BBC as we all know that they are impartial as they demonstrated on 5live yesterday afternoon when some presenter was asking John Pienar why the lying toad Hunt had not been shot

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  61. 230
    Anonymous says:

    http://www.utilita.co.uk/history.html

    Good Stuff get diggin Guido a mineful of dirt on Mr Hunt!

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  62. 231
    daveyone1 says:

    I wonder what Leverson will make of Ken Clarke, old boys network I guess?

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