June 19th, 2012

Exclusive: Leveson Loses It Over Mail on Sunday Front Page
Threatened Special Hearing This Week Over Critical Story

Guido understands that a furious Leveson had to be talked down from calling a special hearing yesterday – despite the Inquiry being in recess – after the Mail on Sunday claimed he had threatened to quit over Michael Gove’s “chilling effect” speech. The Mail on Sunday reported that Leveson delivered the ultimatum after demanding Gove be gagged for suggesting that the Inquiry was having a dangerous impact on the free press. Leveson lost the plot when his implicit threat to quit the Inquiry was made public, and only decided against holding a hearing this week to summon the Mail on Sunday for a judicial bollocking after being convinced that the move would be seen as a major over-reaction. Instead, Guido has learnt that core participants have received a note from Brian inviting them to make submissions about the story by 4pm tomorrow. He seems to be encouraging third-parties to criticise the Mail on Sunday and do his dirty work for him…

Leveson’s attempts to make life difficult for journalists who criticise him comes as Downing Street has decided to caution ministers against commenting on the Inquiry lest Brian walks out. It seems the pattern of Brian’s responses to a critical free press is fury followed by threats. He’s losing it…


201 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Leveson is himself struggling with the idea of a Free Press.

    What a joke….

  2. 2
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    “Downing Street has decided to caution ministers against commenting on the Inquiry lest Brian walks out.”

    Why not encourage ministers to comment, so Brian does walk out, and this complete waste of taxpayers’ money is brought to a swift end?

  3. 3
    illogical says:

    Losing it? He never had it.

  4. 4
    Boudicca says:

    So the man charged with deciding the future of our free press can’t cope with free speech.

  5. 5
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Excuse me but I thought they Leveson was an independent Judge leading an independent Public Inquiry.

    If Guido has any info that person or persons unknown have tried to talk an independent judge out of something then there should be full disclosure

  6. 6

    Old, baldy, self important, pompous git gets testy and threatens to resign every time someone criticises him.

    I suggest putting Vince Cable on standby in case a vacancy arises.

  7. 7
    Sally Bercow says:

    Go Brian Go!

    I’m going to leave my prat of a husband for you. Giggity.

  8. 8
    Loungelizard says:

    Leveson might find his standing a little higher if he bothered to take issue with Watson and his behavior.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    A lawyer who perhaps understands the Law of Unintended Consequences?

  10. 10
    appologies to 8ill S says:

    “The evil that men do lives after them”, “I come to bury Murdoch, not to praise him”,
    “But Brian is an honourable man……………..”

  11. 11
    Sposa says:

    Leveson’s behaviour makes one think he should recuse himself as it is becoming increasingly doubtful that he can give an unbiased report. Perhaps there should even be an inquiry into the Leveson inquiry with the star witnesses Leveson and the supercilious Jay with Gove as interrogator in chief.

  12. 12
    Go Now says:

    I hope he does walk. Brian is not fit for purpose as the Ken Dodd trial showed.

  13. 13
    ToonBob... says:

    No free press with Leveson ……. not too surprising.

  14. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    Well what did you expect if you invite Gordon to appear

  15. 15
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    So you hold the inquiry only to hear the stuff you want to hear? And throw your toys out of the pram when criticised. Would have thought a Judge would have a thicker skin than that. What a shame, he’s exposed himself to further criticism and getting others to do your dirty work is lame. Unbiaised…. ha!

    Hope that Guido et al will be submitting?

  16. 16
    Ken Dodd says:

    He usually loses.

  17. 17
    Maggie Thatcher says:

    Leveson is a twat and a biased one at that. He’s tuned the whole inquiry into a “get the tories” story. He should just fuck off and take that labour supporting mong Jay with him

  18. 18
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    *unbiased…. durrrrrr

  19. 19
    Mungo and Max Nazi Orgy says:

    +1

  20. 20
    Gove's got it says:

    And all because Gove was the only open and honest person to face questions

  21. 21
    bergen says:

    He seems to fit the description of an ideal head of an enquiry-someone who knows absolutely nothing about the subject.

    Of course Gove was right. What allegedly happened at NI was a breach of the existing criminal law- enforcing it was the problem with Plod on board.

  22. 22
    Gove's got it says:

    +2

  23. 23
    ToonBob... says:

    Brian thinks he is the WitchFinder General perhaps?

  24. 24
    mar45 says:

    IMO He should be busy sorting out who he is going to have charged with perjury instead of acting like a spoilt kid because someone has said/done something he doesn’t like. I’m beginning to think the man’s as bonkers as Brown

  25. 25
    Postal Vote says:

    Leveson lost it long, long time ago.

    How could he have agreed with having this Jay who’s heading the law shop where Mili’s wife is working as chief interrogator, who behaves himself as starring in an Oscar-material movie.

    I understand why Beeb and Guardian are so quiet about Jay employing Mili’s wife but why do other media not stir an uproar about this? Why do conservatives and libdems keep so quiet about this? Or is it a trick by conservatives to be able to disqualify the findings out of hand?

  26. 26
    ToonBob... says:

    Doomed we’re all fecking doomed!

  27. 27
    Brian says:

    Look I only want to hear evidence against the Conservative party and no on else. I’ve instructed Robert Jay to pass over all Labour crimes from the last government and to concentrate fully on the Conservatives. This is why i get upset and throw my toys out of the pram. I will quit if there is any suggestion that anyone other than the conservatives and the Murdochs have been up to no good. No lets get on with this independent inquiry. Next witness: Owen Jones……….

  28. 28
    Life of Brian says:

    F*ck him – arrogant c*nt!

    Typical leftie ‘Judge’ with a particularly thin skin.

    I hope he does walk off and sulks in a corner somewhere.

    W*nker…

  29. 29
    Andy Murray says:

    Go Ukraine!

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Even Judges can take advice and make their own decisions.

    That IS independence, isn’t it?

  31. 31
    Wayne Rooney's weave says:

    +1

  32. 32
    Dave says:

    Can I borrow it?

  33. 33
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Dear Friend

    It seems to me that if someone in private talks to an independent judge and tries by whatever means to influence that judge then that is a clear case of seeking to pervert the course of justice.

    My personal opinion is that if I had been sitting in Levesons chair and had had to listen to the utter crap that has come out, the obfuscation and deceit I would not be minded to mince my words in my final report .

  34. 34
    Brian of Britain says:

    doesnt he liked being called Brian?

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps they can play for more than half an hour without falling on the floor crying for their mum, Andy?

  36. 36
    Golly says:

    According to Guido he was talked down.

  37. 37
    Reality Denier Talks To Voters says:

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Gove is an arrogant git who thinks he is above everyone. He ain’t.

  39. 39
    Reality Denier Talks To Voters says:

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Oh don’t f*cking start with this lot again….

  41. 41
    Sophie says:

    How much is this left wing hate fest of the free press costing the British taxpayer?

    Just how much are we going to spend to give the BBC an absolute monopoly?

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly – advice

  43. 43
    Dickie Mint says:

    The only thing the Ken Dodd trial showed was the paucity of the prosecution evidence against Doddy – that’s why he walked. Leveson would have needed to have performed a miracle to get a conviction against the Squire of Knotty Ash. Doddy’s knighthood is long overdue.

  44. 44
    Durr... says:

    Bollocks.

  45. 45
    tube_thumper says:

    The Olymics are upon us!!

    A chance to show the best of Britain.

    The Tube network that wont work

    London bus drivers striking

    Try finding an English person in London to give you directions – difficult

    Pay 6 quid for a beer in the Olympic Park – what chiselers?

    Pay 600 a night to sleep in a toilet of a room

    Enjoy the good old east end which is now actaully Bangladesh

    So the “Olympic Family” and EUFA, FIFA and FUCKYA will be escorted allover the best bits in Zil lanes stuffing free food and drink enjoying the best tickets

    Welcome to the peoples Olympics

    Let the games Begin

  46. 46
    Dacre hater says:

    Just imagine…someone actually taking on the Mail. Just as if.

  47. 47
    UKIP.I.AM says:

    Where’s all the pressure to get Leveson to bring back Brown and grill him on all his lies while on oath? Even Guido is keeping quiet about it in the Sunday paper.

  48. 48
    tube_thumper says:

    apparently not

    cant see what else it might be then

  49. 49
    Durr... says:

    Sorry, Bollocks is directed against “Gove’s got it”. I hope he has.

  50. 50
    Loungelizard says:

    I would say Leveson’s job is pretty well done. Plenty of damage done to the Cons and a good swipe at what used to be the right thinking press. Quit before anything that might damage the left raises it’s ugly head.

  51. 51
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Sort of post I would expect from a plastic jock

  52. 52
    confused says:

    he would be understandably pissed off it it wasn’t true that he threatened to quit.

  53. 53

    Gove had the guts to call the pompous pratt’s bluff. Now the Mail has pushed wide the gate Gove opened. Leveson decided that he was not going to pursue the misconduct of the Mirror group, thereby politicising further an already compromised process and turning a supposedly impartial inquiry from MSM misconduct into a witch-hunt against NI and the Conservative party. If he resigns, it will be purely to save face and let others take the blame for his mistakes.

  54. 54
    MacGuffin says:

    Those girls can comb their own hair! STOP THE ASIAN GROOMERS

  55. 55
    owen Jones says:

    The Times slandered Gordon Brown, a great man of peace and fiscal prudence. Kill Rupert Murdoch, kill David Cameron, wimens rights, death to hetrosexuals, support Islam the religion of peace. Pay all the unemployed more, debt debt debt is the only way out of a recession……….more toilet breaks for the down trodden workers……..the left doesnt always end in a huge body count, look at the success stories of Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, Blair…..vote labour vote labour vote labour vote labour vote labour vote labour

  56. 56
    MacGuffin says:

    Oh please, nothing damaging to the Left? He allowed Gordon Brown in front of a microphone – what could be more damaging to the Left than that?

  57. 57
    Unaligned voter says:

    “Left wing” I thought Dave called for it. Ain’t he a tory?

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Cassandrina says:

    Brian Leveson is not only losing the plot but has already lost public trust.
    He and Jay are so biased in their selection of candidates and process that it is difficult for them to recover gravitas.
    So like a spoilt kid he wants to throw out the toys, have people pick them up for him, and then for them to apologise for him.
    The longer this show trial goes on the worse it will get – perhaps NI should send out a daily or weekly front page message on how much this is costing the taxpayer? – that should wake Brian up to his predicament.
    If Brian invokes an injunction on NI over this public interest reportage it should totally destroy his credibility – catch 22.

  60. 60
    Icarus says:

    Your suggestion that his holiness Lord Justice Leveson is “losing it” is a scandalum libellus maximimus and should be withdrawn immediately.

    I hope you don’t have to appear in court charged with a minor traffic offence – they don’t call Leveson the Hanging Judge for nothing.

  61. 61
    ReefKnot says:

    Leveson to teacher – “Please sir, please sir, those nasty men in the newspaper are writing horrid things about me !”

    Teacher to Leveson – ” Don’t be such a mardy arse. Go back to your work immediately”

  62. 62
    Dobbie says:

    “Free press”? They gave up that right long ago. Finally someone is making them account. They don’t like it up ‘em.

  63. 63
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    See the bbc are up to their old tricks again

    http://biased-bbc.com/2012/06/18/forgotten-voices-2/

  64. 64
    Ian E says:

    Can’t stand the heat Levie-boy – you know the answer!

  65. 65
    Big Momma says:

    Poor old Any Mouse is jealous that Labour cannot find anyone in their shadow cabinet with the education, skills, and chutzpah to take on any real issues.

  66. 66
    Terrible But True says:

    The thought of a walking-out on the basis suggested does have an appeal, if only to witness the tribal panty-wetting that will ensue in some quarters.

    “He seems to be encouraging third-parties to criticise the Mail on Sunday and do his dirty work for him…”

    True or not. Sourced from or attributed, the impression is certainly of a claim to have the power to hold to account, but being so powerful and arrogant the spotlight cannot ever be turned around. Plus a whole raft of unattractive, hypocritical backroom weaseling in support.

    Sounds like the BBC. Is he a secret DG candidate?

  67. 67
    Pip says:

    What an arrogant little popinjay.

    Instead of saying “he had to be talked down” – why not say that he had to be deflated. More appropriate.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    He’s doing a difficult job very well.Would anyone else want the life of Brian?

  69. 69
    Legal Crook says:

    Thanks for taking time off from Tweeting to write an entry on this Blog. We are truly honoured.

  70. 70
    Libertarian says:

    Err … No.

    Hope this helps.

  71. 71
    Nowt to do with me gov. says:

    Well it had to happen. Jose Manuel Barroso the unelected President of the European Commission just like that other unelected leader Gordon Brown, is saying it started in America.

    http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16249150

  72. 72
    Bluebottle says:

    With friends like Rebecka Brooks sticking uo for him in conversations with Cameron no wonder Gordon Brown went mad

  73. 73
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Just a bit of light relief, relief geddit

  74. 74
    Old Cynic says:

    I used to like him when he was on the Magic Roundabout

  75. 75
  76. 76
    David Cameron says:

    What am I going to do now ??

  77. 77
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    I don’t give a fuck where is started just get it sorted you load of fucking conceited overpaid freebooters

  78. 78
    Bluebottle says:

    I would suggest you remove your finger from your bottom.

  79. 79
    Labour General Secretary says:

    Got 10% of your staff to lay off but don’t have enough money to give them their redundancy pay? Then do what I did and visit QuikQuid. It’s so quick and simple. I borrowed £500,000 and within ten minutes it was in Unite’s bank account. Now I can relax until I pay back the loan plus £950,000 interest.

    Apply now and use the special discount code WANK1 to get 50p off your first loan.

  80. 80

    To be fair he couldn’t stop Gordon.

    As soon as old sag face heard there was a chance to lay into Murdoch he jumped from his bed he’s been lying in for the last two years, like Charlie bucket’s grandad clutching a golden ticket.

  81. 81
    on sky says:

    i’d like to see a ‘you started it, no you did’ slanging match between Obama and Barroso.
    Any chance lads?

  82. 82
    jrand says:

    Yep let the dead parrot walk, this grotesque charade is a threat to press freedom and should never have started.

  83. 83
    I love the FT says:

    Of course he is. He dare not admit the truth that Spain, Greece and half the EU Banks have been freely cooking the books for years and now it is all unravelling

  84. 84
    jrand says:

    Ha! +4

  85. 85
    Nothing better to do says:

    What is the point of Leveson’s enquiry?
    I can give you the findings right now.
    “Politicians, police and and journalists have no moral standards and will act outside the law as long as they think they can get away with it”.

    Done.

  86. 86
    jrand says:

    You prefer the Soviet and Stasi models then do you?

  87. 87
    Owen Jonah says:

    Stand up for the right to pee!

  88. 88
    Penfold says:

    Leveson has developed dangerous delusions of grandeur.

    The mans a f***ing civil servant, charged with a simple enquiry, over which he has lost control, and has extended its remit, and now he suddenly thinks he’s f***ing god crossed with the supreme being, and has the right to dictate to the country.

    This man is clearly a very dangerous and idiotic lefty of the old school and needs to be reminded that he is a civil servant, paid for by the taxpayers and needs to become a touch more modest and rational in his dealings.

    It’s not too late to sack him………….

  89. 89
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Barroso failed to mention how all of the EU countries cooked the books to start with. Selective memory, shit euro.

  90. 90
    I love the FT says:

    Can we all make a submission to him?

    Perhaps all the Daily Mail readers

  91. 91
    I drive a Skoda says:

    But who gave him the advice?

    where is his or her fee note?

    Was it a vatable service?

  92. 92
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why is the BBC described as ” free to air”. What is the license fee for, other than to fund this over staffed dinosaur.

  93. 93
    Archer Karcher says:

    There are plenty of things regarding Gove to take issue over. His defence of free speech and a free media, is not one of them.

  94. 94
    Engineer says:

    Yup.

    The point of a free press is that the others might think twice about acting outside the law if they end up exposed on the front pages. That’s not to say that the press are angels, but that some of the stories they run genuinely are in the public interest.

    To some extent, the excesses of politicians, police and press balance each other out. A curbed press therefore means that politicians and police might not fear exposure if they start acting outside their constitutional duties.

  95. 95
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The Leveson Inquiry is just an attack on the Murdoch Empire. Where is the impartiality?

  96. 96
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Independent? Not since Bliar’s mob won in 1997.

  97. 97
    Put a BRIC in it Barosso you ponce says:

    They’ve never been signed off anyway.

    But what pisses me off is they talk about a global recession when there ain’t a global recession. The BRICs are doing very well indeed.

  98. 98
    Phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

    For fucks sake don’t tell the Greeks that.

    There will be riots and lynchings in the street.

    Remember one innocent pregnant Bank worker has already been burnt alive.

  99. 99
    Dial L for Lefty Leveson says:

    Quite. It was all questions about the relations between politicians and Murdoch and not a single question about dealings with Guardian News and Media.

  100. 100
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    +1

  101. 101
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    No, he doesn’t, and neither does his wife.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    So nothing happened but you understand something might have happened, only for it didn’t?

  103. 103
    Ed Balls says:

    And he is correct. If it wasn’t for Gordon’s foresight we would all be doomed.

    We must print lots and lots of new money and not tell anybody we have done it. Then inflation won’t find out. Simples

  104. 104
    Rightallalong says:

    So, to prove he is in fully in favour of free speech, Judge Leveson wants to gag Michael Gove.

    I thought that the Leveson Inquiry was going to examine the relationship between the Press and the Police. How much money was passed from the Press to the Police ? For what information ? How much was paid and where did the money go ? Surely these are the questions that the general public want to hear ?
    Instead we get the Murdochs and slippery politicians interrogated in order to promote Tom Watson’s book (Dial M For Murdoch).

    More importantly what happened to the Chilcott Inquiry ? Has Blair been exonerated ? Are they reporting soon ?

  105. 105
    Archer Karcher says:

    “Leveson was an independent Judge leading an independent Public Inquiry.”

    Really? I have some good news for you Jane. There is a large iron tower in Paris and I own it and am willing to sell it to you for a knock down price. Interested?

  106. 106
    Cloud Cuckoo Land. In total denial says:

    “Frankly we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy, because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of.”

  107. 107
    Ed Balls says:

    Well just borrow another £1.45m from Wonga to pay off the QuikQuid loan. Simples

  108. 108
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    There’s only one way to decide which of them is a bigger commie tosser – FIGHT!!!

  109. 109
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    Sheep shaggers, what do you expect?

  110. 110
    Brian says:

    I am in favour of free speech. So much so that I am only putting a second class stamp on the take down notice to Gweeedo

  111. 111
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    You are free to receive AlJaBeeba, you just have to pay to watch it…

  112. 112
    Aunty Matter says:

    Shut down the press!!! Except the BBC and Guardian of course.

  113. 113
    Legal Crook says:

    Note to Rich and Mark: Show a baby in a pram with a Leveson head throwing their dummy out.

  114. 114
    Breaking News says:

  115. 115
    illogical says:

    @ 33.
    Yvonne, my lovely.
    If Brian has not got the Brains, that even the Cardiff brewery can happily send him then he is missing the point. Gove spoke in public at Lord Lev’s inquiry laying his thoughts happily on record to both inform and temper the lopsided thinking that abounded. Is that perverting the course of justice.?
    As to your second point I agree. But then justice for all those guilty not a selective few. To ignore Motorman findings is not equivalent to changing horses in mid stream, but more trying to change the water in mid horse. Is Brian the honourable man? Diolch.

  116. 116
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    SSKKREEEEEEE-EETTT!!! (crest) (huff) TOPOFTHEWORLDMA!! (pingpingping) A-AAARRRKK!

  117. 117
    will says:

    you usually pick the judge in these enquires to get the result you want. plus the chairman gets a nice knighthood if they come up with the right things or another bauble

  118. 118
    I love the FT says:

    Why is a Judge supposedly conducting a public inquiry having back channel chats with No 10 that aren’t in the public domain or visible to the participants? This is all unravelling

  119. 119
    Examine the Leak says:

    There’s something of the Gordon about Brian. He thinks everyone is out to get him.

    But there is obviously someone or a group of someones trying to influence him. Whenever there is a leak and this is a leak, the most sensible thing is to consider what the leaker has to gain and that will explain the story.

  120. 120
    Gonk says:

    “There once was a Judge called Brian,
    Who had to decide who was lyin,
    In disgust one day,
    He decided to say,
    Free speech…not worth tryin.”

  121. 121
    non-visitor says:

    What! He’s losing it over a little criticism?

    Good job he doesn’t read this blog to find out what we all REALLY think about him and his little expensive charade. The quicker he really flips and buggers off the better for everyone.

  122. 122
    will says:

    The origianl enquiry was to look at press hacking but seems to have turned into a news internaltional witch hunt. In fact all the papers were hacking. The telegraph gained illegally MPs expenses (by paying for them) the guardian got numerious leaks from the government.

    the enquiry has taken a wrong turn and in danger of celebs who do naughty things, rather than their manicured public persona to be able to get away with it. Hugh grant a la divine brown, steve coogan prosititues and drugs.

    if an Mp cannot reset thier pin code from 1234 or 1111 then frankly thye do not deserve to be an MP.

  123. 123
    rocknrolla says:

    Worth also remembering the point that Peter Hitchens made in the last Question time.

    This is because of a journalist listening to the voicemail of milly dowler. Which was a crime anyway. Just now the politicians see their chance to curtail the free press.

    Yet – just this week they have announced plans to snoop on all internet usage and read our emails. They already get records of our phone calls.

    So who is it that needs controlling again?

  124. 124
    non-visitor says:

    How dare you! He’s a jober as a sudge I tell you.

  125. 125
    Dave Cameron says:

    I give you a cast-iron guarantee that I will regulate and modernise the press to stop the right-wing loonies.

    In future all newspapers will have to show that they are not politically biased or will have their journalism licences revoked. This will be decided by a panel made up of 2 MPs, a BBC news presenter, a BBC manager, a trade union pilgrim, a diversity awareness officer, a feminist campaigner and someone from a refugee charity.

  126. 126
    genghiz the kahn says:

    David Bell – helping at the charade – ex Media Ethics Trust full of Guardian and BBC contributors, journalists remarkably few tabloid scribblers.

    Master Jay wouldn’t make his work links to Mistress Thornton alias Justine Miliband known until it was blogged on the day Ed Miliband gave ‘evidence’.

    Where is the evidence from 1997-2010 of the misdeeds of The Mail, The Mirror, The Observer and all the other NI titles.

    The whole thing is a work scheme for lawyers, and smacks of revenge.

  127. 127
    non-visitor says:

    Tubey, you have to find another way of describing the act of making vehicles move and those who perform such acts. Hope that helps.

  128. 128
    Backwoodsman says:

    \\\\\\\\\\hopefully consider falling on your sword, because you really have been a serious disapointment to a lot of people and you don’t show any signs of improving.
    What you should have done, when the idea of holding an enquiry was first mooted, was to call the local Hunt Secretary and told her you wanted a reliable senior legal bod. She would have found you one in a moment. There are at least a couple who subscribe to every pack I can think of. But oh no, you manage to come up with Pinky and Perky and have to live with the consequences.

  129. 129
    non-visitor says:

    … and by what authority is he able to decree that the Motorman files shall remain unopened? Is there a statute of limitations on police misdeeds?

  130. 130
    Maximus says:

    Look jrand, you’ve upset the parrot with your thoughtless Python reference. Surely you meant Life of Brian (follow-up: Another Day in the Life of Brian?). Either that or Brian off the Magic Roundabout – who we all know, never walks anywhere if he can slime and slither.

  131. 131
    non-visitor says:

    Brian may object to be called Pinky; and Perky is the last word I would use to describe his oppo.

  132. 132
    Crazy Tony says:

    Could Leveson be more bonkers than Brown?

  133. 133
    Eton Rifler says:

    Who says toffs can’t be socialists? And fetch us another magnum of champers, serf.

  134. 134
    Riviera Gigolo says:

    He could also grill all the others who’ve lied on oath.
    It would probably be easier to start all over again!

  135. 135
    Becky - the ginger minger says:

    Come and have a large helping of my country supper, you sexy beast

  136. 136
    Becky - the ginger minger says:

    Incredibly innovative idea, but sadly way beyond their artistic competence.

  137. 137
    Spot the Dog says:

    oh yop

  138. 138
    non-visitor says:

    So when do we get to the inquiry into the police? I need to book my leave early..

  139. 139
    Glyn H says:

    Agree; Gove was a breath of fresh air and honest concern. I hope he continues to win his battle with the education establishment who have shamefully stuffed our young for 50 years.

  140. 140
    jrand says:

    That’ll do too!

  141. 141
    Dobbie says:

    It’s what we’ve got now – controlled by the likes of Murdoch & Dacre.

  142. 142
    Anonymous says:

    So Leveson’s actions have basically just confirmed exactly what Gove was worried about then.

    Has Leveson bought a ducking-stool yet for the witches he wants to burn?

    Well done Gove; it’s always good when a minister is prepared to stand up for what’s right instead of just blindly walking along like a sheep to the slaughter.

    It’s people like Gove that make me still vote tory, if cameron didn’t have ministers like Gove then I’d just vote ukip.

    Can we put Gove in charge of deciding the bbc license fee/funding?

  143. 143
    Darling! says:

    Oh get her….. bloody Drama Queen!

  144. 144
    do me a favour says:

    Why does Leveson think he should be able to have chats with the Prime Minister and MP’s whilst declaring members of the press aren’t allowed?

  145. 145
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Lord Leveson is quite correct, the media and political blogs like this one need to be seriously regulated and controlled. Myself I favour the Soviet model of media control and if I had been called by Lord Leveson, I would have proposed this at the hearing. I cannot understand why I have not been called, as I have been told by the police that my phone has been tapped for years, and I have been followed around by dodgy looking characters also for years. Boaz.

  146. 146
    John Bellingham says:

    Who has the power to sack him? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to have him sectioned?

  147. 147
    arthur biscuit says:

    leveson is fucking ill and the inquiry is a farce and a sham-its pointless carrying on

  148. 148
    arthur biscuit says:

    cant we just axe the bbc full stop-bunch of commie scum

  149. 149
    Hawth109 says:

    Love it! Every time someone speaks out about the press the usual mob chuck in the old Stalin and Stasi references. The problem is that the press is largely responsible for changing societal attitudes through dumbing down, celebrity gossip and low brow journalism. This was largely led by NI and our celebrity obsessed, fame hungry, unaspirational, broken society that is so often bemoaned by the Tories is a direct result of our wonderful press….

  150. 150
    Hawth109 says:

    Mad and racist. Nice…

  151. 151
    Flower2222 says:

    It’s all a *ucking waste of time and money – weeks and weeks of all and sundry parading in there.

    Leveson complaining over Grove’s comments – for *ucks sake, grow a pair you sissy twat.

    Who gives a *uck anymore ?

  152. 152
    Hawth109 says:

    But who cares what the celebrities are up to? Seriously, who cares? Where’s the public interest? It’s the dumbing down that’s the problem. They wouldn’t be celebrities if it wasn’t for the press in the first place… The press needs looking at, and possibly modifying. How good this enquiry will be, I don’t know, but if Cam doesn’t like it he should never have called it. What did he expect? How can a press be regarded as free when it’s merely an soap box for its wealthy owners?

  153. 153
    Captn P says:

    Irony alert

  154. 154
    Anonymous says:

    It’s ironic that the judge in charge of an inquiry into press ethics/freedom has threathened the prime minister that unless the press and government do and say everything that he personally wants, that he’ll walk out.

    Surely he’s effectively fired himself? You can’t have the head of an inquiry into press ethics/freedom threatening the prime minister purely on the grounds that the press (or ministers) are saying something that he doesn’t like?

    That’s the whole fucking point; you’re SUPPOSED to be able to criticize something when you think it’s wrong. By saying that nobody’s allowed to criticize anything that he does/says, Leveson is admitting that he wants to create a state akin to north korea.

    Cameron’s screwed now as far as the BBC/Guardian are concerned; if he fires Leveson then he gets accused of interfering in the “independent” judicial process for political reasons, but if he doesn’t fire Leveson then he’s not doing his job as Prime Minister because he’d be allowing our freedom to be utterly destroyed.

    Fuck Leveson.

    Cameron should fire the fucker. Better to keep your freedom and be accused of interference than destroy all the basic freedoms and human rights that thousands of people have died to give us.

  155. 155
    keredybretsa says:

    The Leveson Circus goes on and on. One dishonourable Political Clown follows another, then come the journos, Media moguls, followed by the broom man sweeping all the pooh that has been spewed out. The result a 2000 page book, which will gather dust and spiders before being shredded. Words of deep and renowned wisdom will be spluttered forth in the Mother of all Parliaments. It is and will be a nice little earner for all the legal eagles their assistants and assistant assistants. Really, haven’t the Dishon MP’s and Ministers got anything more pressing to do or waffle on about?

  156. 156
    MI5 says:

    Jahbulon Handy.

  157. 157
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Hear hear. That man has given so much pleasure to so many people for decades. In terms of entertaining the masses, who can touch him?

  158. 158
    Chris says:

    The corrupt, bent, crooked tabloid press, attacks and tries to discredit the inquiry into corrupt, bent, crooked, tabloid press, in the hope that the corrupt, bent, crooked government will help them out, so they can carry on being corrupt, bent and crooks

  159. 159
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    That’s right Dave, you keep telling us how much you adore the BBC.

  160. 160
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Yes, they hate his guts don’t they? See above.

  161. 161
    Legal Crook says:

    The point of the suggestion was to see how riled Leveson could get.

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    He’s not Brian. I am.

  163. 163
    Anon. says:

    But not so far from the truth, actually.

  164. 164
    Watcher o' Midgets says:

  165. 165
    Anonymous says:

    The press may well be corrupt, bent, and crooked, but thus far the only thing they’ve done to “discredit” the inquiry is to tell the truth about what the inquiry and its witch-finder-general are doing.

    I’d rather have a corrupt, bent, and crooked press than a press that’s only ever allowed to print stories that a left-wing government (or the left wing opposition if the right wing is in power) would feel comfortable to print.

    Do you work for the BBC by any chance?

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    How strange to think that core participant Rebekah Brooks has an opinion regarding Gove’s intrusion and the prospect that Leveson might throw in the towel. What a laugh.

  167. 167
    Eric Idle in Drag says:

    To paraphrase Monty Python, “Brian, you’re not the Messiah, you’re a very naughty boy.” He needs to remember that his inquiry has become a chat show, with Blair, Brown and Major sharing the sofa.

  168. 168
    Anonymous says:

    All Jocks are plastic.

  169. 169
    Anonymous says:

    Even if Leveson didn’t threaten the PM, he still needs to be fired.

    Leveson definitely did tell Cameron that he wanted Gove muzzled because he (Leveson) didn’t like the idea of freedom of speech. That alone is grounds for Leveson to be fired on the spot.

    You only have to see Leveson’s own response to Gove during the enquiry (ie while it was on-air) to see that Leveson is most definitely against the most basic of human rights and freedoms.

    Leveson was absolutely livid with Gove for daring to suggest in public that freedom of speech is actually a good thing, and that it will always lead to the occasional “uncomfortable” moment for some politicians and other public servants. That is, as Gove rightly said, the very proof/definition of freedom of speech is that some people won’t find the results of it “comfortable”.

    If you are not allowed to publish “uncomfortable” news/stories (especially when it comes to the actions and words of public servants), then by definition you have no freedom.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Interesting that when a judge shows liberal bias he’s left wing but when they, as usual, show right wing bias thats considered normal.

    I hope Levvy crushes the media (particularly Murdock, NI and their cohorts of parasite supporters) and removes all protections from those lowlifes as soon as possible.

    Crush Murdock – You know it makes sense.

  171. 171
    Anonymous says:

    what ‘YOU’ think of him you mean.
    We on the left think he’s greart

  172. 172
    Anonymous says:

    Waste of money?
    What and and £30 Billion for a missile defence system that we will never be allowed to use is appropriate usage no doubt!!
    You Right Wing attack dogs are hilarious!

  173. 173
    Adam Werritty says:

    The draft report is out this summer.

    Summer starts 21 June.

  174. 174
    A Passing Cynic says:

    BBC news is attributing Guido: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18506001

  175. 175
    Anonymous says:

    You realise that this is the inquiry that David Cameron is claiming credit for?

    Morons.

  176. 176
    Anonymous says:

    Well done the Guardian and poor old Murdoch fans. Guido and his followers are sad, bitter and twisted righties…

  177. 177
    2112 says:

    So remind me; which one owns the BBC, Murdoch or Dacre?

  178. 178
    xyz says:

    Isn’t it terrible that rich media moguls are expected to be accountable and answerable to the public? What’s wrong with a bit of corruption, collusion and cover-up? What’s wrong with buying free speech? Damn namby-pambies!

    Blimey, those guido-worshipping, swivel-eyed righties are obviously miffed that their hero Murdoch is getting a bit of gyp. Shame…brilliant!

  179. 179
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Cameron should fire the fucker. Better to keep your freedom and be accused of interference than destroy all the basic freedoms and human rights that thousands of people have died to give us.’

    Great spoof!

  180. 180
    Anonymous says:

    Love some of the comments from the various deluded right wing nutters on here! They don’t like it up ‘em…

  181. 181
    xyz says:

    One must not criticise the rich and powerful…

  182. 182
    Rupert my Hero says:

    If you dish it out… then expect to get it back

  183. 183
    xyz says:

    Illegality and criminality on the part of sections of the media…corruption, collusion and cover-up between media moguls, police nad politicians…as Seamus Milne explained in the Guardian a whiler back, it’s all down to the undemocratic ownership of the media.
    There’s a lot more to come out yet no doubt! Poor righties…

  184. 184
    Rupert my Hero says:

    I wonder if Dear Robert has anything to hide…. time will tell, or the Newspapers will

  185. 185
    J A Jones says:

    Oh, If only the days of leaving heads on the spikes of Tower Bridge were back.

  186. 186
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Crush Onanymist– You know it makes more sense.

  187. 187
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Crush Onanymist– You know it makes even more sense.

  188. 188
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Hail Caesar…….

  189. 189
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Well HAWTH, Cam is a Socialist. qed

  190. 190
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Crush Onanymist– You know it makes even more sense.

  191. 191
    Anonymous says:

    I just cannot understand your mindset, why is it acceptable for a corporate to corrupt police/politicians?

    You earning out of this scam?

  192. 192
    Marion the cat says:

    Thank you, Sir Humphrey.

  193. 193
    Marion the cat says:

    After years and years of Labour’s connivance and infiltration of place-men, is it any surprise that so many organisations are now ‘institutionally’ socialist, top to bottom. Look at the BBC for fs, try and get Dave to see that, no he prefers gay weddings to sorting out political imbalance. He is a boy in a man’s suit.

  194. 194
    Marion the cat says:

    Wonder how frit of Gove, Bean face is really. This could get to be fun.

  195. 195
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    I have not bought a newspaper since 2002.

    Ican honestly say it has done me no harm whatsoever.

  196. 196
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The days when the four pillars of the State – control the masses with their ‘acting and theatricks – of duplicity’ are over.

    Is the UK a judicially corrupted tyranny? – some might not have the IQ or wherewithalls to take this on board – but better start thinking about it.

  197. 197
    FTAC says:

    We’re on the case. Anyone who smears the government or the opposition of the day – will be dealt with as a ‘domestic extremist’ and will be sectioned for life.

  198. 198
    Blowing Whistles says:

    !00% Independent …. of the Public interest – actually. Could it be Hutton II.

    Remember all you ‘so easily divided’ into one or t ‘other political party – you’re all on trial, the lickspittals are on trial and so too are the Judiciary. Murdoch and his executives should be going down – but he’s gonna take all of his co-conspirators with him – ‘unless of course’ they can bore the public into sensless submission or come up with the most fantastical piece of twisted rhetoric – that states that no one individual has done anything wrong and therefore there will be no charges against anyone … who isn’t ‘in the van loaded on the gravy-train. (Which hopefully is heading full speed into the buffers!)

  199. 199
    Blowing Whistles says:

    NumbSkulls ‘n Bone(head)s.

  200. 200
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Indeed – but what happened to the leaker who leaked the Hutton Report to the NI meisters at the Scum newspaper ….? Oh of course … It wasn’t in the public interest like it was to hound Dr Kelly – indeed.

    They’re nailing themselves by their hypocrisy – every day.

  201. 201
    xyz says:

    It’s all coming out now – gradually. Thanks to the Guardian for exposing the rotten underbelly of the media whores. Corruption/collusion and cover-up – nothing will be solved until the media is in democratic rather than capitalist hands. No more millionaires/billionaires buying favours and influence with their shoddy product!
    Capitalism seems to be struggling as Marx predicted.


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