July 24th, 2012

Cameron’s Memory Worse Than Murdoch, Brooks or Coulson

The BBC is running a brilliant graphic this afternoon illustrating the worst offenders of memory lapses during the Leveson Inquiry. Bottom of the pile – below such trustworthy characters as Rupert and James Murdoch and the recently-charged Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson – comes our worryingly forgetful Prime Minister. That doesn’t look good…


105 Comments

  1. 1
    Call me Dave says:

    I left my kid in the boozer LOL!

    • 66
      erm... says:

      memory loss is an anxiety blip.
      Loner TB’s cognitive dissonanace stress tested. so he is kinda relaxed.
      so who is the most genuine?

  2. 2
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    He’s obviously mashed his brain with too many Class A’s.

  3. 3
    Nullbymouth says:

    Why is Gordon not on it?

    • 7
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      It is on the BBC

      • 14
        Nullbymouth says:

        Yes but Bliar is there.

        Anyway is complete Bollocks as Cameron is not the leader, as it’s related the the total number of words uttered. The only thing that this alludes to is that Dave is a wind bag !!

        The BS quotient is as follows

        DC – 528
        JM – 565
        RB – 587
        RM – 645
        AC – 376
        CM – 604
        JM – 1045
        TB – 1269

        Bigger is better so the most truthful is Bliar & the least is Coulson !!!

      • 17
        The Trusted (to be biased) BBC says:

        Who’s Alastair Campbell?

        • 31
          I know these things says:

          A total has been.
          Known for lies, and has another loudmouthed windbag as his partner.

    • 26
      lolathebeautiful says:

      He forgot to answer the memo

    • 74
      Steven says:

      Because at least Cameron is saying “I can’t remember”. Gordon Brown spews bullshit as the supposed ‘truth’ and so doesn’t need to go on the list. Hmm…

    • 101
      BBC Selectivity Czar says:

      Just as well Piers never testified either, otherwise we might have had to include him.

  4. 4
    herd mentality and the sheeple's republic says:

    The bbc needs to look at its own criminal behaviour before it points the finger at anyone else.

    • 50
      Anonymous says:

      And MPs need to look at their own morality before they point the finger at us.

      • 77
        Anonymous says:

        How much has the BBC spent setting up the new studio at the Olympic park? When is someone going to admit that shifting operations to Salford in the year of London based Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics was a ridiculous waste of licence payers money?

  5. 5
    Coco says:

    Well – he did leave his kids behind in a pub…

  6. 6
    British Bullshit Corporation says:

    BBC are marxist scum. Nothing they do looks good!

  7. 8
    Gordon Brown says:

    I remember

  8. 9
    ed martin says:

    its a bit early for most of them to use ‘Saubders Disease’ (memory loss dementia) as an excuse

  9. 11
    Ken Lunchbox says:

    Cameron could forget he farted before the stench got to his nose…… That’s French that is!

  10. 12
    Jimmy says:

    Tories are officially 150% more dishonest than us.

    You can’t argue with statistics.

    • 18
      Nullbymouth says:

      us?

      • 44
        JH says:

        Ooopsie!

        Jimmy’s handler will be cross that his bestest commenter let his guard down. He’s supposed to come over as that rarest of breeds; a ‘natural’ labour voter with an actual sense of humour, not some chippy apparatchik.

        Sing ‘The Red Flag’ 50 times as punishment Jimmy. Or would that be a treat?

    • 19
      Libor Rate says:

      U sure about that?

    • 21
      The Trusted (to be biased) BBC says:

      By ‘us’ I assume you mean the Labour Party, Guardian and BBC.

    • 46
      pooh sticks says:

      Jimmy stop being dishonest. Everyone knows the bbc is both hypocritical and bias.

    • 68
      UKIP.i.am says:

      You can’t argue with facts either.

      This hacking happened under a Labour government.
      The credit crisis happened under a Labour government.
      The badly flawed bank regulation system happened under a Labour government.
      The LIBOR scandal happened under a Labour government.
      The MP expenses scandal happened under a Labour government.

      • 73
        Biased Broadcasting Crap says:

        It all happened under Labour but we blame Fatcher and it’s all Cameron’s fault, innit.

  11. 13

    Its everyone elses fault.

  12. 15
    Chris Bryant loves ****s says:

    Surely this is only fair when you average it out?

  13. 20
    Jimbo says:

    Memory lapses, could be a result of using cannabis when he was younger, Cameron would not say whether he used cannabis or not when elected Conservative Party leader so I chose to think that he did, it looks as if I chose correctly. It is a proven medical fact that to use cannabis can result in mental problems at a later stage of ones development, perhaps this explains some of the strange decisions and indecisive actions, certainly not fit to lead this Country and may be cannabis explains his aggressive actions , remember the riots, remember Libya and now Syria. His memory does not allow him to realise that the country has no money as he still gives it away to foreign aid and illegal wars etc……….

  14. 22
    SP4BS says:

    Dave comes out better than Coulson – he’s the worst.

    If you consider the quantity of what they said in forgets per 10k words:

    Coulson 28
    R Murdoch 15
    R Brookes 17.5
    Blair 7.9
    Dave 19.6

    Of course, it could just be the case that some people get their stories straight first, are better at avoiding the difficult questions, or are good at making up stories on the spot.

  15. 23
    Dave Cameron, Man of Iron and Equestrian says:

    I had genuinely forgotten that I ever met Ms Brooks.

    I cannot be expected to memorise the names of everyone who lives in the Cotswolds.

    The occasional chance meeting, or even an unsolicited text message, is no reason to suppose that I ever had much to do with this lady.

    I am a pretty straight kind of guy.

  16. 25
    Sir William Waad says:

    So Blair is the smoothest liar. We knew that.

  17. 28
    Gordon Brown says:

    I spoiled my paper

  18. 33
    pooh sticks says:

    The labour party has alzheimers.

  19. 35
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame Thatcher wasn’t called.

  20. 36
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Cameron spent twice as much time at the Leveson Enquiry as Gordon Brown. Fact, I timed it.
    Most hacking happened on Blair and Brown’s shift.

  21. 38
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    It was obvious that the CPS were going to charge the better known “suspects” in order to justify the huge cost of this investigation. It’s taken them long enough to come to a decision which leads me to suspect there’s no “smoking gun” evidence. The CPS and Plod must be desperate to include Milly Dowler in the charges. It’s been shown that her phone had an automatic 72 hour delete on messages. Even Plod at Leveson had to admit they could not definitely prove her phone was hacked. The story was a lie which the Guardian uncritically published in its war against Murdoch.

    The BBC are still trying to show those under suspicion are outright liars in a matter which should be sub judice. I’m willing to bet defence lawyers are going to put the case of their clients being unable to obtain a fair trial thanks to the endless and hysterical negative stories spread by the left wing media.

    One has to wonder why the Authorities have concentrated solely on the Murdoch Press when there has been more evidence that the Daily Mirror and Guardian were involved in hacking and corrupting police officers in their search for exclusives. Why aren’t Morgan or Rusbridger in the dock?

  22. 45
    tightarse says:

    why has the radio times almost doubled in price this week?

  23. 48
    Tax is theft says:

    This means nothing unless you are a simplistica Guardianista.
    What is important is what questions were answered in what way – the BBC don’t show that.
    Regardless, the BBC should be privatised.

    • 80
      Pierre Boulez says:

      The Bolshevik Brainwashing Corporation should be or-
      castrated. I’ve got a couple of half-bricks if need be.

  24. 49
    Mikis says:

    Pretty easy for Blair to remember things if he makes up the answers

  25. 51
    bbc unTrust says:

    We at the bbc have a selective meimory only.

  26. 52

    Only the BBC could have Dave as a bigger liar than Blair. Why is Guido taking the Beeb’s word for anything?

  27. 53
    AnalStatistician says:

    The percentage is the real indicator though. On percentages, the top five forgetters are:

    Coulson .26%
    Cameron .19%
    Brooks .170336%
    Murdoch Jr .177014%
    Myler .166%

    Blair did best of all at not forgetting, with a trifling .08% memory lapse rate.

    I think what it reveals is the usual – Cammie is a bit of an amateur at times, and it painfully shows.

  28. 57

    That graphic is misleading – the bar chart shows how many words each spoke not how many times they said “Can’t remember”. It would be more realistic to take a % of don’t knows of total questions answered – since this info isn’t provided by the BBC the next best is % of don’t know’s of word’s spoken – in this case Andy Coulson has the worst stat at 0.27%.

  29. 61
    Perry says:

    They are busy people and really, do you think that they can remember everything? The only worrying point surely was that it was when an important piece of infomation was being asked for that they forgot. Gosh

    • 63
      Some Twat up North says:

      Busy, Busy, they are all unemployed!

      • 84
        Perry says:

        You see that is the problem – they are not unemployed – they are unemployable by anyone other than their own type

  30. 64
    Rebekah says:

    I am distressed and angry that my benefits have been stopped….

  31. 65
    Dave says:

    Brilliant graphic but in reality who cares. The British public certainly don’t. After listening to the Six o’Clock News I think there must have been several people in the newsroom having orgasms over the CPS decision to charge varous individuals. The Beeb managed to spin the story out for almost 10 minutes when, considering what’s going on elsewhere in the world, is pretty extraordinary. Is Murdoch’s company a competitor of the BBC by any chance?

    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      Most people are bored rigid by this now.
      The cliff collapse in Dorset is a better story.

      • 89
        Widescreen2010 says:

        I ain’t. I’ll be stocking up on popcorn for Easter 2013. This one just keeps giving.

  32. 67
    Rebekah's mate says:

    I’m distressed angry too that Rebekahs parents couldn’t spell.

  33. 75
    Biased Broadcasting Crap says:

    Aww bless, the bbc crunches the numbers and does a witty infograph. Where were you in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and half of 2010 when we could have done with a quite a few more hilarious graphs and number crunching to highlight the important issues which were affecting the country at the time?

  34. 76
    Anonymous says:

    It seems that the only people charged thus far by the CPS (boss Keir Starmer, Labour Government appointee, named after Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party) are former employees or associates of the Murdoch press, which publicly dumped its allegiance to the Labour Party in 2009. Other newspapers, such as the Labour-supporting Mirror Group and the Guardian, which are known to have been involved in similar phone-hacking, have not been so charged.

    The only bank thus far charged in the Libor “rate-rigging” scandal is Barclays, which refused a bailout from the then Labour Government in 2009, and preferred to seek its additional funding from elsewhere. (Incidentally, it is impossible for a single bank to rig the Libor rate, which is an average of eight mid-range banks’ offering, on any given day.)

    The BBC has persistently attacked or impugned the Murdoch-owned media over this issue, and continues to do so. It also smears any Tories associated with their current or former employees, as the BBC’s graph so helpfully given above indicates. BSkyB is a major competitor for the BBC.

    Is there a pattern developing here ?

    • 88
      Widescreen2010 says:

      A single bank cannot fix the LIBOR rate, but it can influence its direction of movement. Leading to another wierd anti-BBC rant. Wouldn’t you expect BBC staff, C4 staff, everyone non-Murdoch to be revelling in this? Paticularly queer since the Beeb is where Guido gets his more robust stories for this site.

    • 97
      AnalStatistician says:

      It’s not likely that they will be the only ones. Note that the assault on the Mirror and Mail has already begun. I wouldn’t be personally surprised to see “quality” paper journos being accused either, despite the Guardian’s harrumphing on this, they probably have listened to voice mails from time to time – we know it was widespread across the entire media. Betcha it’s happened at the BBC, ITN and Sky News as well.

      The real handle this is hung on though is Milly Dowler – it shows, at the very least, an incredible inability for self-reflection on the part of the NI top people that they allowed that to take place. That’s a nice interpretation – a harsher one is that they simply didn’t care, being wholly arrogant and unregarding of sensitivities.

      Note that Coulson and Brooks didn’t come out and say they were uninvolved in Milly Dowler, just that they took a line against crime, eg, that they all had hearts of gold over at the Screws, no matter what they actually got up to. Yeah.

  35. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Like major Labour lies about Iraq having WMD which was repeated constantly by the BBC,led to an illegal war and the unnecessary deaths of thousands.

    • 81

      Not saying that I believe it but I recently read a book called “ufos in wartime” and the author claims that Iraq has aliens that were hiding from the Americans [they had been shot down in the war] and this is why America wanted war to retreive the alien technologies – weapons of mass destruction. Interesting book to read, whether true or not.

      • 82

        Meant to say yes it was non fiction:)

      • 90
        Bob says:

        And there we were thinking it was all for Isarel and oil…!

      • 94
        Laughing Out Loud says:

        If the UFO’s have WMD’s, why haven’t they retaliated and destroyed the Americans? Oh… perhaps they did, and what now appears as ‘Americans’ are just aliens in disguise!

        • 95

          You are bordering onto philosophy LOL!!! If you read some of the better quality ufo books and personal accounts of military pilots who claim [in their retirement] to have shot at such things, etc you will get your answer.

    • 86
      Widescreen2010 says:

      the accusations against the BBC are truely wierd.
      I get most of my news from the BBC, and being a grown up, I fully understood that the ‘dodgy dossier’ was bollocks.
      It didn’t stop Dave, to his shame, voting in support of the war.

      • 100
        Anonymous says:

        The reality is that IDS and the tories were even more keen on war than Blair.

        The reason Blair might have lost in the Commons was because of Labour rebels.

        But that’s enough of that. We don’t want any of this truth stuff upsetting Greedo’s vermin.

  36. 85
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Unfortunately for Mrs Brookes, she remembered that she made illegal payments to police officers. In front of witnesses. And TV cameras. At which point both she and Coulson were screwed. It was only a matter of time.

  37. 87
    Charles says:

    I think you’ll find the office of Prime Minister causes all sorts of memory problems for its incumbents. They begin to recover shortly after they leave for the final time.

  38. 91
    Border Terrier says:

    Its a shame but Guido has fallen in with The Guardian. He is in sympathy with the line take by Jackie Ashley [wife of 'I wasn't the father even though I paid the paternity' Andy Marr] and Polly Toynbee [does Guido have a crush on her? she is allegedly hot - can't see it myself].

    Its sad.

  39. 96
    Baron Hogwash says:

    The BBC suffers from the biggest memory loss which is that its meant to provide quality entertainment and remain impartial.

  40. 102
    Rhonddablue says:

    What a startling indictment of BBC political impartiality this document is. No clear point, evidence, balance, newsworthiness or purpose other than to plant in the mind of the public that the evil Tories and their poorly-chosen allies are all shifty liars, especially when compared to the absolute worst that the left has to offer. Incredible. Must have spent a fair bit of valuable time on it too.

  41. 103
    Corinikum says:

    It’s not for me to defend these people but does it not occur to anyone that living staggeringly busy lives means that on many occasions they really do not remember
    things that happened years ago?

  42. 104
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And the name of the Prime Minister is? I’m sorry, I just don’t recall that.

  43. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Given that Coulson ‘forgot’ 28 times in 10,531 words, and Cameron only ‘forgot’ 49 times in 25,890 words, surely Coulson is the more forgetful…

    One other thing: if he’s someone who’s actually been charged with an offence in relation to this matter, why on earth is his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry so much sparser than all the others?


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