Listen to the crowd lap up the Mayor’s call for people to be arrested for swearing at the police. Awkward.
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“Friends of Andrew Mitchell” have kicked into action, briefing Tim Shipman of the Mail that his rant was not “overheard by the public. It was a few muttered comments”. They/he also denies the use of the word “pleb” but “not getting into the rest of it”. The damage is done though.
Friends of Mitch also remind us that he is a 'former shadow police minister'. Perilously close to: 'Some of my best mates are coppers'—
Tim Shipman (Mail) (@ShippersUnbound) September 21, 2012
Where he said: “We need more respect and more police on the streets.”
The Sun stands by its story on Andrew Mitchell today in full. Downing St police did report to superiors that he called them "f***ing plebs".—
Sun Politics (@Sun_Politics) September 21, 2012
Following the news last month that the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other newspaper, Guido thought he would have some more FOI fun. It turns out the BBC’s love for lefty rags doesn’t extend to the New Statesman – the Beeb bought more copies of the Speccie than the Staggers between January and July this year. An ideological shift to the right? More likely they’ve just realised there’s nothing worth reading in the Staggers any more…
Meanwhile Ian Hislop clearly hasn’t sorted out his BBC colleagues with any free copies of Private Eye, with the Beeb having to fork out for 155 in the last seven months. They aren’t buying James MacIntyre’s predictions that never come true though – Prospect fares pretty badly at a sobering seven a month. And as for Total Politics? Oh dear…
Yesterday we had the Cleggapology, now it’s Andrew Mitchell’s turn to say sorry. According to the Sun Thrasher launched an extraordinary foul-mouthed tirade at cops while trying to leave Downing Street on his bike last Wednesday:
“Open these gates, I’m telling you – I’m telling you, I’m the chief whip and I’m coming through these gates. Best you learn your f***ing place. You don’t run this f***ing government. You’re f***ing plebs.”
It’s already being dubbed gate-gate. How about an autotune remix…
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