September 13th, 2012

Deadlock Over News International Executives’ Punishment
Parliament Neutered by Tom Crone Arrest

A senior parliamentary source tells Guido that the arrest of News of the World lawyer Tom Crone has thrown a mighty spanner in the works of the Standards and Privileges Committee. After the Culture Select Committee concluded that the three News International executives had misled the Parliament, the Standard’s Committee were deciding on a suitable punishment for Crone along with Colin Myler and Les Hinton. Having declared back in July that they would not be locking them up, the punishment most expected was admonishment from the Speaker at the bar of the House, though this has not happened since the fifties. However the minutes of the July meeting state:

“The Committee will suspend its inquiry if requested to do so by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the grounds that to continue might prejudice any pending legal proceedings or criminal investigations.”

As Guido understands it, there has not been a formal request, but the arrest of Crone means that no punishment passed, without risking prejudicing any future trial. As this issue is likely to take years rather than months to resolve, there is growing anger around the committees that the three executives are going to get away with their deception scot-free. Parliament has been neutered. 


52 Comments

  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    Parliament has been neutered.

    Good. Can we somehow extend this to all their dealings, the useless c*unts.

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  2. 2
    Bored public says:

    Guido’s going for the Boring story of the year award I assume?. The public lost interest in these inbred games months ago.

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  3. 3
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Whatever happened to Chilcot?

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  4. 5
    ed martin says:

    they should be hanged drawn and decimalised

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  5. 6
    Socialist Worker says:

    Crane is supposeldy subject to the professional conduct rules of the Law Society

    Why don’t they disbar him?

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  6. 7
    Tom Watson says:

    989 million Big Mac extra value meals please. And make sure all the drinks are diet coke. I’m watching my figure.

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  7. 7
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Jack Straw – oh the hypocrisy – you couldn’t make it up!

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  8. 9
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why are MPs complaining about lying?
    MPs lie all the time.

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  9. 10
    Anonymous says:

    O/T but is that Blunkett doing the arse cancer ad?

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  10. 12
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    Hang ‘em all!

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  11. 14
    Dr. K's Penknife says:

    Ah, the High Court of Parliament – I know it well.

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  12. 16
    Max says:

    Being berated by Bercow is a punishment?

    The hard part would be to not to burst out laughing at him.

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  13. 27
    Forkbender says:

    Where our Billy, Kebab time or what ever he is calling himself

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  14. 37
    compo says:

    its all Fatcher’s fault. She ordered the gates open

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  15. 43
    Jacky Treehorn says:

    Off topic. apparently the US ambassador was tortured and sodomised before being killed by followers of the religion of peace.
    Just checked the BBC but could not find any reference.
    I bet they are glad they can use Hillsborough as the main news headline.

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    • 50
      Ho hum says:

      The version I saw was that he and his staff were blown up in their car on the way out of town. So, I ask again, why has not Obama come out and stated that the next place that causes any injury, however slight, to any of his diplomatic or consular staff or premises will get their parliament flattened before nightfall?

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  16. 52
    Anonymous says:

    All bankers & CEOs are just crooks !!
    http://uploadsociety.com/user/Solartrancer

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