June 28th, 2012

Order of the OTT – Steve Richard’s Millie Moment

Steve Richards of the Indy is normally level headed, if often wrong. Today however he’s come out with a corker. Tweeting about Barclays he claims:

“This is the Millie Dowler moment for some banks.”

Really Steve, really?


  1. 1
    Right? says:

    He does write for the Indy.

    Nuff said

    • 7
      What Steve really Tweeted including the bit Guido left out says:
    • 115
      Anonymous says:

      With all due respect, can we stop citing Millie Dowler. It was sad that her parents might have wrongly thought texts being deleted,meant she was alive, but the Hackers are being vilified almost as though they murdered her.I note that even though her parents accepted £3 million from news international, no line seems to have been drawn.

  2. 2
    Oink Oink says:

    Senior Surrey Police officers probed over Dowler hacking – http://ow.ly/bSUe2

    • 4
      jgm2 says:

      All this dating from 2002 you say? Who was covering all this up? And why? Why is it only now coming to light – under the T*ry government?

      • 20
        retardEd Miliband says:

        Time and time again under thith Tory-led government, we learn of lawbreaking, cover-upth, regulatory failureth and dithonethty. When ith the Prime Minithter going to explain to the Britith people why all thith ith coming to light time and time again under a Tory-led government?

        • 76
          Not a BBC spokesperson says:

          What would you and the Guardian like us to thay… oops, I mean say oh Lord and Master?

          • retardEd Miliband says:

            Thay it’th all the fault of the evil Torieth, mention Tory cutth, and I’ll get onto the unionth to thee if they’ve anything elthe to thay on thith itthue.

          • Not a BBC spokesperson says:

            We will point out that it ‘Beggars belief’ over and over again.
            We will point out that you both agree and disagree with Capitalism
            We will point out that the Govt. front bench is full of millionaires.
            We will point out that Cameron found out about this 3 hours ago and nothing has happened.

            We will not remind anybody of you or Ed Balls’ roles during this period.
            We will not remind anybody that this appears to have happened under a Labour Government.

            We will point out that whatever happens, a banker tax will sort out the World’s ills.
            We will point out that we are all going to die from Man-made climate change.

      • 116
        Anonymous says:

        You mean even though it was a Labour Government at the time ?

  3. 3
    Be quiet little people says:

    Lamposts and piano wire for the Board at Barclays

  4. 5
    Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

    It simply beggars belief – who-ever set up the FSA and regulated it should be punished.

    Who was on watch?

    We need to know and have a fundamental right to justice in the court of public opinion.

    • 71
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

      No idea.

    • 74
      Where was Osbourne when we needed him? says:

      The trouble lies with the spoilers who thought the FSA too rigorous.

      “I fear that much of this regulation has been burdensome, complex and makes cross-border market penetration more difficult. This is exactly the wrong direction in which Europe should be heading and it threatens the global competitiveness of the City of London.” Someone in June 2006

      Now who could that be?


      • 98
        UKIP.I.AM says:

        He didnt say that banks should be able to do what the hell they liked. There is a big difference between burdensome and carte blanche. The latter was Gordon Brown’s policy, who I must remind you was in charge at the time. He was also in charge ten days before Lehman Brothers went bust as he praised them for their ‘inventiveness’. And even you must agree that Osborne was right about the complexity of taxation and banking regulation. Brown made complexity (of taxation) an art form but in the end it was the bankers who copied his inventiveness and complexity that was his undoing.

        • 100
          UKIP.I.AM says:

          I suppose it was also the fault of the Tories that Labour allowed Murdoch to do what the hell he liked. There seems to be a pattern here regarding Labour.

  5. 5
    moby dick says:

    not ott

    i agree with steve

    • 12
      Anonymous says:

      The behaviour of the banks has been outrageous, even criminal, for years?

    • 22
      FavershamAss says:

      Not OTT, but perhaps a tad bad taste?

    • 82
      Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

      It simply beggars belief that anyone could again put the Dowler family through more pain just to make a political point.

  6. 8
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    No one will be held accountable, it’ll just show that the banks are insolvent and the fiat money trick will come crashing down sooner rather than later.

  7. 9
    Polly from her Tuscan Estate says:

    We need a final solution for the banks

  8. 10
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Order of the WTF more like.

  9. 13
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Talking bollocks is WRONG.

  10. 14
    Tooth fairy says:

    and why shouldn’t this be the Bank’s Milly Moment? Market manipulation of interest rates that actually affect mortgages, loans and commercial loans that affect whether people are employed or not is something that the ordinary person in the street can understand. Some of the other stuff that went on eg swaps and bundling crap together and selling it as triple A investments is more exotic and removed from people’s day to day lives.

    As this story unfolds public anger may very well explode and this shown to be the Milly Moment.

    • 18
      Bollinger says:

      Doesn’t anyone care for the Champagne Sales that will be hurt?

      • 23
        Tooth fairy says:

        Certainly not. We should not be supplementing the French economy, let there be a revival of Real English Ale, after all one should keep it in the family!

      • 84
        Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

        It simply beggars belief that champagne sales could be hit by this banking crisis – wont someone please think of the socialists?

    • 24
      jgm2 says:

      Are the public going to be equally upset by the ‘independent’ central bank’s (downwards) manipulation of interest rates to encourage them to take on massive mortgages for their over-pr*iced houses? All to engender a feel-good factor. All to encourage more individual borrowing and squandering and rampant consumerism? Just so the Maximum Imbecile could get re-elected?

      Is anybody going to be looking into that?


      Lord George, who was governor of the Bank from 1993 to 2003, said the interest rate environment across much of the Western world early this decade caused a “rapid rise in household debt and rapidly escalating house pr*ices in many countries”.

      He added: “In the face of the economic slowdown in the industrial world in the early years of the decade – when inflation was generally in pretty good control – official interest rates, generally, were reduced to abnormally low levels.

    • 31
      Head Balls says:

      So what!
      No mortgage
      No loans.
      No fault
      No worries

      • 36
        Tooth fairy says:

        except your benefits are reliant on those that have and pay taxes in jobs that may have been affected . Your worries start when your benefits are cut.

  11. 15
    Nosferatu says:

    Are the blood banks in this?

  12. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Re your recent posts.

  13. 27
    Milibandwagon rolls on says:
    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      Oh, protecting soldiers? Like sending them to Iraq and Afghanistan without proper equipment?

      • 38
        jgm2 says:

        Like sending them to Iraq Full Stop.

        • 55
          Harriet Harman (new generation but somewhat senile) says:

          It was the right thing to do, which is why I voted in favour of it and I think it was wrong to take Britain into war.

          • Anonymous says:

            So, basically, you agreed/dis-agreed with it depending on how personally convenient it was?

          • Harpic Great for cleaning shit houses says:


          • Harriet Harman (new generation but somewhat senile) says:

            Look, it’s very simple, just pay attention.

            Taking Britain into war was wrong. Ed Miliband said it was wrong, he was right to say it was wrong and I applauded him for saying it, just as I applauded Tony Blair when he said it was right to take Britain into war, and he was right to say that because the war was right and it was right to take Britain into it and that’s why I voted for it.

            If you need any other information, you know where to find me.

      • 52
        WVM says:

        Or helicopters remember that one?
        Making our soldiers walk run and drive everywhere over IEDs wile the Americans looked on bewildered from there helicopters and all thanks to Labours illegal wars in the first place.

        Another bandwagon jumped, what a hypocritical ironic opportunist twat!

    • 42
      Man up Ed says:

      Somehow I very much doubt they were absoluty shocked by their treatment. Dodging IEDs and RPGs is a lot more dangerous ED. And why would they want you to protect them?

    • 44
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      you bloody half wit it was the liebour party that sent them off to be killed, their deaths can be laid at the door of the liabour party

      • 47
        Owain Glyndwr says:

        and another thing, is there no bandwagon you wont jump on milliband, you disgusting little shite

        • 50
          Quisling says:

          Relax, he wouldn’t tweet something himself when an intern can express his ‘feelings’ for him

    • 48
      Egg Millibland says:

      This bweggars bwlief

    • 53
      WVM says:


    • 69
      Just stating the bleeding obvious says:

      Er would that be the Ed Miliband who was member of the government/spAd when British Soldiers were forced to change on a freezing cold tarmac in December after flying in from Iraq because they weren’t allowed through airport arrival lounges in case they upset the local ethnics ? Or the government that said flying the Flag of St George or any show of patriotism was racist ? Or did not want any fuss or tribute paid to the dead soldiers/airman etc when they landed in UK by the people ? Or that all cultures were superior to the indigenous one ? Some of us have long memories Ed and a few tweets won’t wipe out the disgraceful way that the Labour Government treated our armed forces in the early part of your administration

      • 83
        will says:

        the labour gov has done more to undermine our soldiers than any other government. Also no government minster of labour or tory has any sons in the armed forces. No Labour MP has served in the armed forces recently, so they do not unsderstand what its like to be a soldier

    • 86
      Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

      I simply beggar belief at myself and my partys hypocrisy sometimes.

  14. 29
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Richards has a history of being a ‘compliant’ little f…er for the Labour party.

    His political views rarely [iraq war] if ever ‘show any contrition’. Would that he apologise for himself having been duped by the New labour ‘project’ men would indeed be something of a damascene conversion.

  15. 30
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    Just cracked open another bottle of Bollinger with Fred Goodwin over at Wimbledon.

    Fred said of Bob Diamond “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person”

    • 45
      Blowing Whistles says:

      This is the wording of an e-mail sent to Jeremy Warner of the Telegraph on 12th April 2012. He has declined to reply.
      Dear Jeremy

      We have not spoken or corresponded for some time.

      I noticed the article in today’s Business section (B2) of the Telegraph by Harry Wilson “NAPF attacks £17m payday for Diamond”

      What I find galling about the NAPF’s (and the ABI for that matter) ‘attacks’ (words only) is that

      Some years ago Christine Farnish was the then head (CEO) of the NAPF

      Yet – when Christine Farnish left the NAPF – surprise, surprise she then TURNED UP at Barclays – as an Executive.

      How – birds of a feather and not odd or strange. “The greasy pole”.

    • 51
      Cognoscenti says:


      Pol Roger….low profile, but…

  16. 35
    And on and on says:
    • 38
      Tooth fairy says:

      it would be nice to have the criminal investigation first though… but that is just a nice little detail for the socialists.

      • 56
        Ed Millibland says:

        Listen forget that our light touch regulations probably led to this, and the fact that Barclays have probably not broken any laws (morals are different I have been informed), but stop raining on my sound bites.

        • 85
          will says:

          This is a lot of rubbish a bit like ed balls asking for sharon shoesmith to be dismissed and then having to cough up loads of money for unfair dismissal.

          You cannot sack someone even for summary dismissal unless you follow procedure or else it becomes an unfair dismissal and lots of compensation.

          It just proves how out of touch MPs generally are.

        • 103
          UKIP.I.AM says:

          Let’s start with the man most responsible for all the banking scams. Gordon Brown. Followed swiftly by Ed Balls. If some moron makes burgling houses legal don’t be surprised when a lot of people start burgling houses.

    • 40
      Anonymous says:

      Like we need criminal prosecutions on expenses fraud?

      Oh, and illegal wars, mis-management of the economy, etc, etc

    • 41
      jgm2 says:

      We need criminal prosecution of those manipulating the BoE interest rates from 1997 onwards for political gain too.

    • 49
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      milliband we need criminal prosecutions for the bloody liebour party

    • 54
      Mong Watch says:

      FFS ED all your Tweets today are complaining about things that Labour created. And it was the same at the start of the week when you complained about the government implementing Labour’s fuel tax.

    • 57
      Ed Milibandwagon says:

      Jumping on any old bandwagon is RIGHT.

    • 72
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:


    • 88
      Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

      It simply beggars belief.

      Who was on watch when these crimes against progress were commited?

      Who set up the FSA?

      We need to know.

      The guilty must be punished in the court of public opinion

  17. 43
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    The shadow cabinet will show support for the striking London bus drivers on 5th and 24th July.

    Thank you and Good Afternoon

    • 107
      UNIONMAN.I.AM says:

      It’s only fair that unions should be able to hold Londoners and tourists to blackmail. That’ll teach people to try to bring some pride to Britain.

  18. 60
    Fur Trade Fare Trader of Fair Trade Tablecloths says:

    Want a good cover-up. Buy tablecloths

  19. 62
    tottenham Chutzpah says:

    is Richards one Bob short of a Diamond?

  20. 67
    Mongski says:

    Another fart escapes the arsehole.

  21. 68
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    limpdem dave has just been handed liebour on a plate, fsa, light touch regs, ball has his sticky fingers all over it, but will he go in for the kill, no he will just sit about with one thumb up his ass and the other one in his mouth only moving to change thumbs

    • 78
      jgm2 says:

      It is noticeable that during the aftermath of the economic clusterfuck that Brown created the T*ries did nothing at all to stick the boot in. Perhaps judging that this was not a time to be scoring political points while the UK economy was on the brink of disaster.

      It is equally noticeable that Labour returned the favour by predicting (and thereby condoning) riots if the T*ries attempted to get spending under control and were very quick to put the blame for the ‘double-dip’ firmly at the door of Number 10. I really don’t think Dave has this ‘tooth-and-nail’ politics mentality down to the same low level as Labour at all. Can you imagine what Al Campbell and Brown would be doing with the news of all this Millie Dowler cover-up, police corruption, phone-hacking, interest rate manipulation etc etc if it had been occurring on the T*ries watch and was only now coming to light?

      Can you imagine if a T*ry had left a note giving it ‘Sorry, there’s no money left [ha ha ha]‘?

      Talk about open goals.

      And if the problem is (as I suspect) the BBC’s reluctance to report your side of the argument then simply close the fuckers down.

      • 89
        will says:

        A better way would be to just freeze the licence fee for the next 10 years, as this will be death by a thousand cuts and mean the BBC fighting like rats in a sack to avoid cuts in individual departments

        • 101
          jgm2 says:

          The T*ries don’t have ten years. They’ll be lucky to get another three years. They need to act now. Today.

          It’s very simple. The country is running (what is it now..?) 140bn quid deficits. We could use an extra annual 3bn quid in our pockets. The BBC can get by on whatever SKY will pay to carry their unique output.

          Fuck ‘em. Shut them down. They are the enemy within. No notice. No warning. No winding down time. No chance to organise a ‘popular’ movement to keep ‘em open. Just pay them off and shut them down.

          Do it now.

        • 106
          The Angel of Dearth says:

          Unintended consequence here: the BBC would reduce the production of stuff that people liked and only produce left-wing PC claptrap that only Labour’s voters would want to watch. “And now on BBC2, one hour of Party Political Broadcasts by the Labour Party, 1960-1974 (edited to remove references to wh*ite working class scum).”

  22. 70
    Guido calling says:

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    #OpenNews Stay tuned for developments in the Brown / Leveson / Sun Cystic Fibrosis story

  23. 75
    Concerned houswife says:

    From The Telegraph

    - “It is clear that what happened at Barclays, and potentially other banks, was completely unacceptable, was systematic of a financial system that elevated greed above all other concerns and brought our economy to its knees,” said Mr Osborne

    But I thought jgm2 said it was all Gordon’s fault!

    • 90
      jgm2 says:

      The UK’s economic problems are all Brown’s fault.

      I don’t know why the T*ries don’t make a bit more effort to tell the truth on this rather than allowing Labour to divert the blame. Probably because they judge that your average voter has dr*ank so deeply of the official BBC/Labour lie that ‘it’s all the banks fault and it started in America’ that it is simply impossible to change public perception.

  24. 79
    Gordon Brown says:

    I heard that the Wombles were on TV this afternoon and cannot find it anywhere

  25. 94
    Ed "Beggars Belief" Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

    It simply beggars belief.

    • 97
      will says:

      well who over the last 20 years gave bankers the most honours. I give you Fed Goodwin for starters

  26. 99
    moby dick says:

    you mean sir fred surely?

    • 102
      will says:

      no i mean Mr Fred goodwin, he has been stripped of his knighthood, thats the problem with knighthoods these days too many being given to the wrong sort of people the same the dames except Dame Shirley Bassey

  27. 111
  28. 112
    Border Terrier says:

    Come on guys, Steve Richards is a gobby plonker and none too bright. Always wrong, often on Newsnight [watched by less than 200,000], takes the Russian oligarch shilling and is thus a fraud.

  29. 114
    Julian Assange says:

    I am a rapist

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