September 25th, 2012

CCHQ Spinning Close to the Wind on Mitchell

This morning’s top lines to take for Tories is pretty vague on Mitchell, but Guido would avoid the two middle sentences:

Chief Whip
Andrew Mitchell has reiterated the apology he made last week after the incident. He did not show the police the respect he should have done. He has apologised to the police officer involved and the officer has accepted the apology. He is absolutely clear that he did not use the words that have been attributed to him. He is now getting on with his work.

In light of the full leak of the police log, we now know that “the police officer involved” accepted Mitchell’s apology before he spent five days trashing their word and has all but called them a liar. As has the PM by “accepting” Mitchell’s side of the story. Mitchell’s denial accused the Sun of “attributing” the words to him. We now know it was the police. Some new words from this officer could prove very tricky…


  1. 1
    Mitchell - identifier of plebs says:

    Draw line!


  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Number 10 failed on this, should have been finished on friday, and to think Dave was classed as spin over substance!

    Oh and Dictator interviews Iran President (full video) >


  3. 3
    Dave tries to do a BoJo says:

    David Cameron is to become the first sitting British Prime Minister to be on David Letterman’s Late Show in New York. The ap*earance, due to happen on Wednesday, is part of a visit to Manhattan for the 67th UN General Assembly. The Prime Minister will use the chat show to “seize on the Olympic legacy” and promote the UK to American tourists and businesses, according to Downing Street.

    Letterman’s popular programme reaches around three million viewers per night. Tony Blair ap*eared on it twice after he left office and Boris Johnson has also sat in the host’s hot seat.


  4. 4
    pleb plod says:

    You’re nicked!


  5. 5
    Camoflage says:

    I’m afraid Dave has become part of the spin culture. In other words a LIAR.


  6. 6
    Fog says:

    David Cameron will reaffirm his commitment to increase Britain’s aid spending later, despite opposition from within his own party.


    • 10
      Albert Hall says:

      And from most of the electorate too.


      • 24

        He must be on a % of it. Maybe Tony showed him to do it and make millions upon millions.
        At least I hope he is. I’d hate to think he was just dishing out cash to dictators because he’s an idiot.


    • 23
      Cash for Marxists says:

      Guess Dave has not worked out why Mitchell was so popular with the lefties and so unpopular with the man in the street.


      • 67
        Anonymous says:

        Don’t think the man in the street had ever heard of him before Pleb-Gate. We have now, and now we know he thinks we’re all plebs :-)


        • 134
          Tiger Tiger says:

          Shock! Horror! Outrage! A politician inadvertently told the truth. Plebs should wake up and realize that democracy is a sham. Changing the government is no more than a managerial reshuffle. Whoever they vote for their real owners always win and are just as happy to transmit orders via a new herd of snouts around the trough. It’s just considered polite not to notice this and to soothe the plebs ridiculous sense of self importance. Normal hypocrisy must be immediately resumed!


    • 58
      Sandra in Accounts says:

      Dave is finished.

      DFID is an outrage that cannot be defended.

      Borrowing money from future generations of British taxpayers – our children & grandchildren, to fund India’s space programme & China & the EU resort in Barbados is completely beyond the pale.

      All that to get the Notthing Hill Guardianista’s onside when they will always despise him was a stupid policy.

      How many of Daves mates & family members are consultants to Aid Incorporated? How many of them are pulling down 6 figure salaries from the Aid budget?

      Same old Tory corruption – with a twist.


      • 115
        A pleb says:

        I think the increases of the foreign aid budget had more to do with Mitchell’s desire for a “k”. A few extra billion of other peoples money well spent.

        And from a man who carefully guards his own multi million pound fortune from the tax man.

        He really thinks that the rules are only for the peasantry.


  7. 7
    john in cheshire says:

    I’m not sure that it’s respect that was in short supply. I’d rather say it was common courtesy. Big difference.


  8. 8
    He's very evil. Ahmadinejad is rather evil too. says:


  9. 11
    The real plebs says:

    Bread and circuses!


    • 43
      Dr Nuts says:

      We can’t afford either, George gave all the money away to India – pompadoms anyone?


      • 116
        Anonymous says:

        Actually George is following in Labour’s footsteps and borrowing money, then giving THAT away to India.

        If only Cameron hadn’t pledged in the run-up to 2010 to match the then Labour Government’s foreign aid spending plans. This is one U-turn we really could do with.


  10. 15
    we don't want no bullshit says:

    Obsfucation par excellence!


  11. 17
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Queen lobbied for Abu Hamza arrest

    Police turned a blind eye to sex grooming gangs for more than a decade

    Just what were Labour doing? Unbelievable.


  12. 18
    Perry says:

    A frustrating day could be because Mr Mitchell doesn’t have enough money to:
    1) buy his children shoes 2) Can’t afford to go and see his mother in hospital, because he can’t afford the petrol 3) have mince again but slightly less beause the price has risen 4) lost his job – NOT, I would suggest – Having a curry in an expensive restaurant


  13. 19
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    How many plebs know what “Mea Culpa” means ?


  14. 20
    May Day says:

    Looks like it’s Mrs May for PM then.


  15. 21
    Freddie Fraudster says:

    Another thing that hasn’t been mentioned. The police officer involved seems to be a female. If true does Thrasher only bully female officers or is he happy to extend it to males too.

    Why is this man still in the Party, never mind the office. Oh yes! Because the PM is too weak to sort it out

    Why oh why did we vote for these clowns? Only because the other clowns were even worse.


    • 30


      But even at the time a great many people here made it quite clear that thy were voting Team Dave but it was just H.O.s.

      I myself gave everything I could to rid the nation of Brown. And was pleased to see the triumph.

      But it was strictly Hostilities Only.
      We did say at the election Dave. “we’ll fight for you. But after this war we are going home and you’re on your own.”


  16. 27
    Anonymous says:

    A sworn statement from a Privy Counsellor should do the trick.


  17. 29
    ToonBob... says:

    CCHQ must be wondering why they are hemorrhaging party members !

    Anyone know how many have been lost in the past year or so?


  18. 32
    happy ending curry house says:

    want to try special chicken vindaloser ?


  19. 41
    Anonymous says:

    What is particularly sickening is we are seeing what amounts to a collusive cover up between the PM, the Head of the Civil Service and a Police Chief – designed to keep what actually happened under wraps. To stop the evidence becoming public. To hide the truth. To protect the guilty while questioning the integrity of the police officer. It is a small step to imagine his being asked to rewrite his statement were it not already public.
    It matters not one iota that it might be seen as a trivial issue. A cover up is just that. Let them not shed anymore crocodile tears.


    • 46
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      You want a cover up, here is one for you, right in the middle of Labours watch.


      • 50
        ToonBob... says:

        I wonder why?


      • 54
        Holly says:

        Don’t forget me!


      • 62
        Sandra in Accounts says:

        Labour voters – above the law.


        • 89
          Anonymous says:

          FFS are you lot thick? It’s not about Labour and Tory anymore it’s the political class against everyone else. Successive governments have colluded to hide so much from us and incoming governments have done nothing to reveal it. If Cameron was minded Blair and Straw and co could be on trial now – he could order release of the evidence. How many different ministers and officials, of all political colours have colluded over the Hillsborough evidence? Even now they are focusing all blame on the police – when dozens of Civil Servants and many ministers must have turned a blind eye.
          It makes me angry because they revel and survive on the “we are not as bad as you” approach.


          • Phil says:

            It says more about and is a damning indictment of the BBC and the MSM in general in that that an arrogant prick, who is not representative of this government,ran off at the mouth and is the main talking point over what he did and did not say. Meanwhile an ethnic sub culture has been over a period of years been getting away with depravid crimes and no one in the media has got the balls to report it.


    • 58
      Anonymous says:

      Please get a grip ! im more concerned that the sun are still in cahoots with the police , obtaining copies of police notebooks for example. I can see Rupert in the background !


    • 118
      Military Band (hot air section) says:

      “It is a small step to imagine his being asked to rewrite his statement were it not already public.”

      Indeed. This may be why the statement is now in the public domain: because the request for a re-write had already been made (or was anticipated).


  20. 44
    Thick as a Planck says:

    President Barack Obama has told American TV network ABC that he wants to return to education when he leaves the presidency.

    Didn’t President Brown say the same thing?


    • 49
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      No, Brown was going to go in to charity.


      • 60
        God was I happy when he went says:

        If he wanted to be charitable he should have resigned on day one of his premiership and saved the nation from untold grief.


      • 66
        Tony Blair says:

        Yes charity is the place to be if you want to make serious money. And it’s tax free too.


        • 76
          Anonymous says:

          i just gave some money to a charity collector, and that was my thought. we are a charitable nation, we like the thought of charity. prudence was just a flirt.


      • 81
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        That was until he discovered that he could get paid bundles of cash for doing nothing. Since then the charidee thingy, has rather gone on the back burner. Odd for a man who claimed he had such noble instincts in his DNA.


        • 132
          Really? says:

          He’s due to ring the starting bell on the US Stock Exchange shortly.

          Put your savings elsewhere, before the Curse of Jonah strikes there too!


          • Ronnie Corbett and his unseen Producer says:

            14.30 ECT, New York – about half an hour from now, in Britain. They call it an ‘Opening Bell’, apparently.

            Bearing in mind the usual stuff about ‘past performance…’, speaking personally (and I’m not authorised by anybody to advise on anything at all), I’d be feeling somewhat short..


    • 77
      Sir William Waad says:

      He’s going to learn some econimics?


  21. 61
    Bin Liner says:

    So both Gordon and Dave have fucked off to the UN this week. Where is Alchy Ada when you need her?


  22. 64
    Diane Abbott and Tom Watson's love child says:

    The Met have to pursue this. As it’s left, the two police officers involved can now be branded liars by defence lawyers or counsel every time they give evidence in Crown, Magistrate or any other type of court or hearing.

    Bernard Hogan-Howe must be a tad concerned that his knighthood could be delayed because of this saga.


  23. 65
    steve smith says:

    i think the real story here is not that Andrew Mitchell was rude to the police (because let’s face it, we are all unnecessarily rude sometimes, it’s not the end of the world, a sincere apology should be enough), but that the police appear to be trying to get a minister sacked.

    the police have deliberately leaked some details of the officer’s pocket book (because apparently they still had posession of it when the Sun looked at it), and are trying to get a member of the government sacked.

    surely that’s the bigger story?


    • 68
      Anonymous says:

      he should be sacked. Like I would be if I started throwing insults at a plice officer while in company uniform and surrounded by customers.


    • 71
      The Rumour Mill says:

      Think you will find it was leaked by a civil servant. The initial story came about because it was the talk of all the downing street staff on Thursday morning and the Sun’s political editor was savvy enough to flesh it out.


    • 74
      sceptical says:

      + 10,000


    • 78
      Anonymous says:

      the bigger the non story, the bigger the guns behind it.
      the bigger the story, the bigger the guns behind it.
      it’s always the guns, innit.


      • 87
        steve smith says:

        But what actually happened here? He was rude to the police officer. Okay, so he should definitely have to give a public apology and grovel to the police. Fair enough. But are the police really so soft these days that they cant handle someone being rude to them? It must happen every day of the week, its the nature of the job.
        Has the police officer really been so affected that he needs the guy removed from his job?
        it’s hardly a resigning offence, it’s just the rough and tumble of life. Look at the stuff that other MPs have done and got away with and not resigned. This is nothing compared to some of the other scandals.

        what’s next… anyone who shouts unfairly at a traffic warden when he gives them a ticket gets hounded out of their job too.

        This country has gone soft, and the coppers have gone soft too, if they cant handle one bloke shouting at them


        • 95
          Own Goal says:

          Err no. The reason the gate police put in written reports is because Mitchell’s final words were “you have not heard the last of this”. If he had not made that threat then this would not be news now.


          • steve smith says:

            then how did the story get out in the first place then? Andrew mitchell is hardly likely to have told the press about it. he didn’t carry out his threat either. and no member of public on the gate has so far come to light.
            so it must have leaked from the police.

            and “pleb” is not even a swearword for chrissakes! but all of a sudden it has become a horrible term of abuse that warrants someone getting sacked. it’s just fake outrage, thats what it is. people are getting offended on other people’s behalf, just so they can beat the evil Tory man over the head.


      • 131
        Anonymous says:

        it’s always the donga but who gives it life?
        why has the story got legs?
        someone is clearly getting a kick out of it.


    • 127
      In Vino Veritas says:

      No, the real story is that he’d had a few too many over his expensive lunch and that he was drunk in charge of a bicycle.


  24. 75
    Lord Leveson says:

    I shall be free in a couple of years’ time if you need an enquiry doing. Well, not free in that sense, ha-ha! Me and my chums in the legal profession have just about milked the Abu Hamza case dry so, fair’s fair, we’ve all got make a living and it never hurts tonget us on your side, eh?


  25. 79
    Steve Miliband says:

    Did Prescott resign when he punched a member of the public?


  26. 80
    them too says:

    Just watched a LibDem councillor, after quoting Bob Marley and MLK, complain that the composition of the conference delegates was hideously white.
    Bloody racialists


  27. 84
    Thick as a Planck says:

    You would find it exhausting to have to make decisions like this

    Beetroot raita
    Wild mushroom pickle
    Curried pears
    Coconut roll, brulee and parfait


    • 107
      Discerning flavour lover says:

      Yuk. They all seem to be based on the idea that Eastern ingredients are essential. I prefer European (in the old sense of the word) food.


    • 109
      Who are you calling a fucking pleb? says:

      That should keep the plebs out – chicken tikka massala for them.

      Fucking peasants.


    • 133
      Anonymous says:

      having eaten classy plebian food, mitchell felt angry at himself. The thought of being revealed as a pleb lover was just too much for him. The man was conflicted.


  28. 85
    WTF... says:

    … is a “leavy”?


  29. 91
    Thick as a Planck says:

    There is also Seared Rump on the menu. Prophetic?


  30. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Gideon, Mitchell, “Dave,” and all the other toffs… The Mitchell boy was apparently knows as “thrasher” at Rugby. So his nickname indicates his casual sadism: he’ll do well in government then. Anyone had a look at the ridiculous stuff this clown no doubt claimed as “part of his necessary expenses.” I’m guessing he bought at least a box of radishes so he can continue some of those fine Rugby traditions . . .

    What a fucking country.


  31. 93
    Anonymous says:

    did prescott resign when he punched a pleb NO he was still shagging her


  32. 94
    Bye bye, Hamza! says:

    I sincerely hope Abu Hamza gets serially buggered day and night when he’s put in an American prison in a few weeks.


  33. 96
    New Fun Game From Greedo says:

    Pick the two middle ones out of the five sentences.


  34. 98
    Anonymous says:

    we all know police statements are always true dont we


  35. 99
    Taxfodder says:

    The truth of the matter is a knobhead windbag MP and a Jobsworth PC had a little “dick measuring contest” of which both were some what ill equiped to take part in.

    This is a prime example of collective Establishment stupidity of the highest order.

    Great fun every time a winner….


  36. 100
    Andrew Mitchell's least favourite song says:


  37. 108
    Nigel says:

    Can we have plebiscite on leaving the EU now please?


  38. 110
    Nigel says:

    ‘a’ plebiscite…


  39. 112
    Chesters Mother ! says:

    Ah the hypocrisy of it all !
    A man nobody has heard of shouts something at a copper and we have week long campaign to have him sacked /arrested /strung up !
    Now spot the difference
    Current sitting MP with a history of violence and alcoholism attacks four people defaces a police note book while resisting arrest and then shouts at the police
    “you cannot touch me I’m a MP ”
    result a small fine which he prob payed out of to his £200.000 yearly expenses!
    Result No witch hunt !
    Current MP bumps into a reporter says
    ‘For ****’s sake, move out of my ******* way.’
    The journalist asked MP to be more careful
    ‘You are such a rude ******* man, you just walked right in front of me.’
    He then demanded to know MP’s name
    ‘I am not giving it to you, **** off.’
    threatening to ask security guards to identify the MP who replied:
    ‘You just do that and see what happens.’
    The MP was pursued by Commons security and did not stop, saying:
    ‘You are harassing me, leave me alone.’
    The reporter was in the common that day with his golden retriever guide dog!
    Result Silence !.
    One big difference will pop out to the eagle eyed among you !


  40. 117
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    This could never happen to Gordon, he cannot ride a bicycle.


  41. 122
    David Lawless, Benefits Cheat says:

    Being respectful is for little people.


  42. 125
    Darren Yobbo, drunk and aggressive outside a suburban nightclub says:

    Go away, officer, you frightful oiky pleb!


    • 136
      Henry Brubaker says:

      Right you’re nicked,

      I must caution you do not have to say anything as I’ll just make it up in my pocket notebook anyway. Anything you do say will be leaked to the press in any event.

      Resisting arrest are we sir? Lets see what Terrence Tazer has to say about that!



  43. 139
    jack says:

    QA new chief whipp prob, all day in duty free bars, making friends cosying up to the right people. Maybe even taking them for lunch on his new charge account. Then a little tippsy full of importance. Decides to try his new bullying powers off to police. Lets face it an ex banker don’t conjer up a picture of integrity or honesty. Police know from experience a run in with people like this will mean big trouble if thy don’t follow procedure. And must have taken into consideration the full wight of Westminster would come down on them.


    • 141
      a squid eating dough in a polyethelene bag says:

      I like to see the receipt from the restaurant, curious about beverages ordered. Presumably it will surface as an expenses claim at some stage ?

      ps: I was thinking about gathering snails to eat, has anybody done this recently and is there any legislation that might prohibit me doing it ?


  44. 145
    PRU says:

    Iain Corby is a pleb.


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