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. 


  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    Parliament has been neutered.

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

  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.

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

    Whatever happened to Chilcot?

  4. 4

    As normal, cock up wins against conspiracy theories…

  5. 5
    ed martin says:

    they should be hanged drawn and decimalised

  6. 6
    Socialist Worker says:

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

    Why don’t they disbar him?

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

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

  11. 11
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Your the only one that watches your figure.

  12. 12
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    Hang ‘em all!

  13. 13
    Lord Mandelbum of Shirtlifting says:

    Give me a cock up over a tinfoil hat any day sweetie!

  14. 14
    Dr. K's Penknife says:

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

  15. 15
    Lord Stansted says:


  16. 16
    Max says:

    Being berated by Bercow is a punishment?

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

  17. 17
    Evil Landlord says:

    You disbar a Barrister whereas a Solicitor is struck off the Roll

  18. 18
    Tom Watson says:

    My wife left me because of the strain of Murdoch stalking me. Nothing to do with me being a fat fuck with a roaming eye.

  19. 19
    the red dwarf says:

    Paddy the gypo is giving my missus a hard part.

  20. 20
    Liam Fox - professional bum boy says:

    Will no one think of Israel and the bankers!?

  21. 21
    ed martin says:

    or promote them

  22. 22
    K'unt McKenzie says:

    I know! Uncanny isn’t it. It’s almost as if the fat fucker Fawkes is purposely diverting from Murdoch’s Sun. Can’t think why.

  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    Most, if not all, would benefit greatly from having their sheep’s head wig braided into a rope and then hung from it outside the fucking courthouse.

    Pour encourager les autres.

  24. 24
    jgm2 says:

    They’ve apologised for Hillsborough.

    When will they apologise for Blair?

    The bastards.

  25. 25

    What sort of woman would want to be seeded by a half-man half-hippo?

  26. 26
  27. 27
    Forkbender says:

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

  28. 28
    fruitcake says:

    It’s lunchtime SC, that was nearly graphic enough to mess the keyboard up.

  29. 29
    a non says:

    Eagle brothers?

  30. 30
    Selohesra says:

    I think the former Bath & England prop is now doing a lot of charity work & also doing quite well on the after dinner speaking circuit. Hope that helps

  31. 31
    Forkbender says:

    All I said wher’s our 8I££y or whatever he is calling himself

  32. 32
    Keith Vaz says:

    I often find myself wondering who the bigger crook is. The crook on the select committee or the crook in front of the select committee? And the answer every time is the crook on the select committee.

  33. 33
    Loungelizard says:

    Parliament was neutered when Gordon Brown finally signed us over to the EU.

  34. 34
    SP4BS says:

    Mud, mud, glorious mud
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
    So follow me follow, down to the hollow
    And there let me wallow in self-pity and victim status.

  35. 35
    The House of thieves and hypocrites says:

    Agreed, I cannot for the life of me understand why neutering the likes of Keith Vaz would be anything other than a really really good thing.

  36. 36
    jgm2 says:

    Is it a scouse hippo?

  37. 37
    compo says:

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

  38. 38
    jgm2 says:

    Blocked. With a bit of luck.

  39. 39
    Forkbender says:

    Yeh verily, it is obligatory for them to be consummate liars, but they are not allowed to call one another liars, just economical with the trueth

  40. 40

    I’ll have you know I saved the world and secured our financial future by selling the gold and buying Euros!

    Nursey! – Gordmong done plop plops in shorts again!!!

  41. 41

    I’d like to see 8I££y blocked as well – by shoving TWatson up his silly 8I££y Trotsky arse!

  42. 42
    Eddie Wearing says:

    struck off the roll ….. that’s a knock-out idea.

  43. 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.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Well he is a northerner,so what do you expect. He may even be a scouser.

  45. 45
    I don't need no doctor says:

    When are you next live at the Apollo?

  46. 46
    Ho hum says:

    Have the Ballses finally been chopped?

  47. 47
    Ho hum says:

    … and Brown and the rest of them..

  48. 48
    Ho hum says:

    So whom does one disrobe? A priest? An au pair?

  49. 49
    Ho hum says:

    Or ith it a hippy potty mouth?

  50. 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?

  51. 51
    DDC says:

    Is it because he is not back?

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    All bankers & CEOs are just crooks !!

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