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…



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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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