November 16th, 2012

Mail Declares War on Leveson

20121116-082954.jpgThe Mail has launched an all-out assault on Lord Justice Leveson this morning with an investigation that claims to expose one of Brian’s chief advisers as a “central figure” of the McAlpine debacle.

Sir David Bell is a trustee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the crisis-hit amateur hacks who produced the infamous McAlpine Newsnight report. Bell also co-founded the Media Standards Trust, the body that helped set up tabloid-badgers Hacked Off. It’s more Thick of It than Watergate, but it does highlight the cosy close-knit group lobbying for an unfree press.

Seconds out…


  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Quite right too, it’s a stinking Establishment-created artifice.


  2. 2
    Well it's a thought says:

    Well I never one part of the establishment hitting another part with it’s handbag, wonders of the modern times.


  3. 3
    Huge Grant says:

    Please keep sending your donations cheques to Hacked Off please.

    We distressed celebrity media gigolos need looking after.

    Pip pip


    • 8
      The public says:

      Go and cut your hair


    • 22
      Charlotte Church a class act... says:

      Make your cheques payable to the “Help Make Charlotte Church a Rich Lady Fund”


    • 26
      Media Lovey says:

      Mwah*Oh poor darling. All this foppish acting is so last decade. Work has dried up. Poor love. I am so pleased you have a new role to act out in Hacked Off. Sounds like a horror movie darling. Mwah.


      • 100
        Louis theroo says:

        Its bloody ridiculous that the importance of a free press in democracy is less important than what Hugh Grant does with his cock.

        That one is aimed both directions by the way.


        • 137
          Daily Fail says:

          Free Press and democracy? Wise up! The pathetic press needs a boot up the arse. Shoddy and dodgy.

          Plus,rather than being democratic the press is obsessed with what Grant does with his dick. They can’t think of anything more interesting to feed the plebs. Sad and pathetic.


          • Louis theroo says:

            I’m more interested in Helen Flannagan’s tits. Makes a change from that american lass with the big arse.


        • 152
          Daily Fail says:

          Some of us are just not interested in tits and arse. I would rather have something interesting to read. Something with a hint of truth would be good for a start. Stopped buying the crap now.


    • 185
      Divine Browned-off says:

      Huge? Who says?


    • 194
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Its funny how Huge Grant got off [from a criminal conviction] for verbally screaming “I hope your children die of cancer” at a photographer / journo some years ago – save that the only logical explanation was that the Journo must have made a few buck$ out of grunt to not press charges.


  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    and of course the army of self interested media types lobbying against leveson are in no way at all close knit and clubbabe. half of you went to the same public schools ffs.


  5. 5
    Tom Watson says:

    I will be making a statement in the House shortly


  6. 6
    farah d says:

    Big. Girls. Blouses. Great that tax dodging Lords and emigrants to Italy have a view.


  7. 7
    The public says:

    Why does a judge need all these advisers? He is supposed to listen to evidence, not a load of lobbyists behind the scenes. If he wasn’t up to the job he shouldn’t have taken it on.


  8. 10
    A fine pair of Lungs. I can prove it says:

    The Mail can fuck off.


    • 116
      XXX says:

      Wasn’t it the Mail that had one of the largest hacking counts, Guido used to keep showing the listings, hasn’t done so for some time now


  9. 12
    Lord bumwatch says:

    Leavenson must resign immediately.
    He has shown a serious error of judgement.


  10. 17
    Daily Fail says:

    The Levenson farce is giving the Editors the skits. Good. Time to clear the crap out.


  11. 19
    Hew Grant says:

    We’re all in this together


    • 52
      Pleb says:

      No you’re not, rich boy


    • 198
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Mr Grant has been living in a bubble of his own delusions for most of his well to do life. Perhaps it could be called “The Celebrity Bubble of egotisticle me, me, me, living a celebrity life of lies”?


  12. 20
    Teresa May says:

    Looking forward to the PCC voting today


  13. 24
    Jack says:

    Interesting note on how the Daily Mail’s owner operates personally

    “Viscount Rothermere, classed as non-domiciled in Britain, although he lives in a huge mansion on his 224 acre estate in Wiltshire. By channeling his share income from the Daily Mail Group through a Bermuda-registered company, the Viscount makes use of his non-dom status to avoid paying UK taxes.”


    • 66
      Ctesbius says:

      Perfectly legal and open. Just like the Guardian does, except without their rank hypocrisy.


      • 195
        Blowing Whistles says:

        This word “legal” keeps tripping many of you up – It may be legal – but is it “Lawful”? When enough of you recognise that there is a big big difference – then we’ll be getting somewhere won’t we?

        And when the legal rats “infesting” the HOC & HOL are truly found out for their twisting of the truth inside out – we can make proper use of all the lamp posts in Britain.


    • 73
      Anonymous says:

      Please fill us in on the Guardian’s tax status…


      • 165
        Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

        It pays a lot less tax than it would if it didn’t take advantage of various loopholes. Then it bitches about companies like Starbucks, Amazon and Google doing exactly the same. If they want corporations to pay the full monty, they should get parliament to close those loopholes, but I can’t see the Guardian doing a turkey-voting-for-Christmas act. Can you? Even if Parliament were lobbied to change the tax laws, I can’t see those turkeys voting for Christmas, either.


    • 80
      Archer Karcher says:

      It’s good to see someone with enough common sense to avoid paying excessive tax to rapacious government. An example more should follow.


    • 134
      XXX says:

      There is one answer to not paying taxes to the UK that is they do not receive the benefits abroad, consular access, if they get into trouble abroad they would have to appeal to the country where they payed their taxes, that should throw up some tricky situations, they should not be able to claim for health services, police, fire allm of which have to be payed for by the taxpayers of the UK.


  14. 25
    Common porpoise says:

    Feck off you plebs.


    • 200
      Blowing Whistles says:

      What has ‘Gerrycan’ francis fraud got to say about it all ..?

      I shouldn’t ask that really – ‘cos I’m likely to get a long billowing inverted of all logic, turn the truth on its head load of old codswallop drivel in response!

      P.S Note Page 31 of current Eye Private iss No 1327

      “Justice Wails from Wales” – Them South Wales Police – No 5hit … they gotta lot to hide!


  15. 28
    Philip Schofield says:

    Where’s my list, has anyone seen my list, ffs where is my list?


  16. 29
    jgm2 says:

    Egypt’s prime minister has appluaded Israeli attacks on Gaza as a victory against terrorism during a short visit to the territory.

    Hisham Qandil, who visited a hospital and talked to Palestinian politicians during his three-hour visit, said ” The cowardly Hamas aggression” must stop.


  17. 31
    SleeplessInKirkaldy says:

    I’m waiting for Ed Milliband to call for a public enquiry into the public enquiry


  18. 35
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Red Ed was lobbed gentle questions from a guy who was reluctatant to admit that he worked with Ed’s wife.

    The whole inquiry was a crock of shit.


  19. 36
    Democracy Please says:

    Can’t everyone at Common Purpose just be arrested? They are clearly a conspiracy to take over the country and subvert our democracy.


  20. 51
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Clearly shows what a left-wing stitch up the Leveson enquiry was. A political war launched by the Left against the non left-wing media, in the hope of making the BBC even more dominant in news broadcasting, than it all ready is. Then dead uncle Jimmy reared his ugly head and the BBC’s death warrant was signed. Not only exposing a culture of criminal sleaze, but also implicating their precious news department in a cover-up and then compounding it by smearing a Conservative with a story concocted by a Labour shill organisation, connected to a senior adviser to Leveson.

    What a cosy little set-up they have.


    • 58
      Fabians are Evil says:



      • 105
        Archer Karcher says:



        • 123
          Stan says:

          + ∞

          It’s all unravelling for the Left — the EU, Common Purpose, AGW, the whole kit and caboodle.


          • Anonymous says:

            ‘Bout bloody time!


          • Democracy Now says:

            No it isn’t. They are all still in place. Only when they have been booted out of their positions of power will it have ‘unravelled’. Until then, the levers of power are still in the hands of some very nasty, anti-democratic folk, who have set in place some very corrupt systems to subvert our democracy: something our Prime Minister seems to not care less about.


          • Leveson says:

            Fuck we’re rumbled, all we wanted was to smear Tories and the fucking BBC fucked it all up.


    • 81
      Louis theroo says:

      Why didn’t the daily mail have a go at jimmy then?


    • 103
      bergen says:

      I agree. This Savile business and the Newsnight shambles may have derailed the Left’s attempt to introduce a Ministry of Truth into this country 28 years later than Orwell forecast in 1984. It has also brought the existence of Common Purpose to public attention. I must say that I’m starting to join the conspiracy theorists in their views about this sinister organisation.


      • 112
        Archer Karcher says:

        The murky marxist’s of Common Purpose need much more unwanted attention. Shine a light on their source of income and all becomes clear.


        • 138
          Who killed Cock Robin and how? says:

          Don’t be so coy. Shoot your deadliest arrow.


        • 201
          Blowing Whistles says:

          It’s now becoming a ‘duck shoot’ now that those who have preached such inverted logic have been FOUND OUT by the growing numbers the public. And all the journo’s who bought into the Inverted logic also have no where to run.

          People power rules – so the wigged ones better take note also.


    • 169
      Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

      What non-left-wing media?


  21. 54
    Tom Watson says:

    What’s happening today?

    *innocent face*


  22. 55
    jgm2 says:

    Labour holds Cardiff and Manchester.

    Are you listening Dave ?


  23. 56
    albacore says:

    Luvverly jubberly. Well done, The Mail
    A hard hit smack on the head of the nail
    Still, best to await the good Lord’s report
    Before firing off a killing retort


    • 145
      Who killed Cock Robin and how? says:

      The report is destined to be buried for years
      In order to avoid the Liebore mong tears.
      It’ll go on the shelf with Chilcot and others
      so as not to embarrass the world of the Brothers.


      • 202
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Too late – “Everything turned” Re Leveson / Hacking upon the conviction of Levi Bellfield. And there’s more to come out behind how bellfield got away with Milly’s Murder FOR SOOOOO LONG.


  24. 57
    Welly says:

    The Mail reveals Sir David Bell to be a leading member of shadowy leftist outfit Common Purpose:


  25. 59
    @# says:

    “In the Manchester by-election, the newly elected female MP Miss Powell took a swipe at the coalition government, saying that voters had sent a ‘clear message’ to the Conservative and Liberal Democrats.

    She easily trounced her rivals at the polls, receiving 11,507 votes to Liberal Democrats 1,571 and Conservatives 754.”

    Got the message yet, Cameron?


  26. 68
    W1 says:

    I think it’s obvious to us all now that something must be done about the anarchic internet.
    It’s not just twitter that has gone way beyond the bounds of public decency, but the blogosphere and many other areas of the web are crying out for regulation and strict monitoring to end the growing scandal of smear stories, bullying, offensive comments, racism and homophobia that has become the norm these days, especially here on
    Unpleasant people simply cannot be allowed to sit in their grubby bedsits, picking their spotty noses posting bile and spreading poison on the net.
    The government must act now and act firmly and decisively.


    • 72
      A Blogger says:

      I am not crying out for more regulation.


    • 91
      The times they are a changing says:

      Must hurt not being able to tell the plebs what they should or should not do, time for garbage like you to look elsewhere to monitor or organise, maybe starting with you and the MPs and Lords and hangers on,


    • 106
      W2 says:

      Try not to masturbate whilst blogging. It’s better with two hands on the keyboard.


    • 205
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Yeah Right! – Propaganda spewing professional trolls like you are going to be the first that see a lamp post from higher than 6 feet up. We know where you blog from – which of the three main political party’s is it though?


  27. 69
    A Patriot says:

    In view of America plundering BP while their own corporations make no contributions to this country, is it time for the UK to scale down its ties with the USA?


  28. 74
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does the BBC have a Common Purpose?


  29. 75
    Shame on The Leveson band show. says:

    I can’t understand why full on lefties such as Brian and Mr Jay have got away with it so far. Every day they sympathised with lefty luvvies & mocked anyone who was remotely of the right.

    Their whole inquisition was a travesty.


  30. 78
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Louis Mensch!


  31. 84
    BBC says:

    We are proud to announce a new movie we have invested heavily in. We are not to be outdone by Channel 4 under any circumstances …


  32. 85
    jgm2 says:

    The bastards known as Hamas not respecting proposed lull while Egyptian PM visits Gaza, correspondents say.


    • 107
      William Hague says:

      Egypt has a PM? Who knew?


      • 173
        Bluebottle says:

        Mr Cameron said he thought the Egyptians could handle democracy .

        I had my doubts at the time .

        A bit like leaving a monkey with a set of spanners which is something I would never do .


  33. 88
    Louis theroo says:

    Daily Mail. Name one important story that they broke.

    If I was a crazy conspiracy theory I’d just think that Helen Flannagan’s tits sole purpose was to take our minds of real issues. They are lovely though.


  34. 93
    This is fun. says:

    Jesus wept! Are the dead tree press about to start reporting in the insidious Common Purpose infection in our country?


    On the ball, as ever.

    Next weeks mail headline;

    “London Burns!
    Chaos in Pudding Lane.”


  35. 95
    jgm2 says:

    Israeli official on Gaza: “We’ll wipe the whole place out.”

    Get in there IDF and finish the job.


    • 109
      M. Hassan says:

      Terrorist organizations such as Hamas that kidnap Israelis, blow up and destroy public buses, murder young people at cafés and discos, and school outings, alongside indiscriminate around-the-clock shelling of hundreds of Katyusha, Qassam, and Grad rockets targeting civilian populations in Israel, are clearly committing Crimes Against Humanity – acts of terrorism for which the UNSC under Chapter VII of the UN Charter directs everyone to fight terrorism by all means


    • 111
      DSM IV says:

      I bet your armchair is very comfortable.


  36. 99
    Sally says:

    I’m a big girl. I can take it.


  37. 113
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is Common Purpose designed to make everyone hold their knives like a pen, wear brown shoes with a dark suit and eat whilst watching TV?


    • 136
      The Twat in No 10 says:

      I owe so much to CP!


      • 159
        Poetry in Ocean says:

        Is this the infamous Tooting Common purpose or the Clapham Common Purpose? What is the purpose of these purposeful organisations?


        • 184
          Cicero says:

          Interesting that, in legal terms, the phrase ‘common purpose’ is used to impute criminal liability on all who take part in an enterprise. Wonder why they chose that name?
          Hmmm …


    • 177
      Col Nut says:

      They are reminiscent of the pigs in Animal Farm. What could be more odious than these smug self regarding left-liberals clubbing together and stealthily imposing their facile “we know best” views on the rest of us? The Mail exposure pointed to their continued involvement in influencing policy making. The freedom of the gutter press is important in exposing people who seek to undemocratically control our lives.


  38. 114

    Children in Need Wonderful opportunity for the BBC to deflect attention from itself.

    After 13 years of Labour government and spending money like drunken sailors, why are there any Children in Need still about?

    Why do they pay money to Women in Prison? Why do they pay money to Children’s Legal Centre who can then retain Slotgob Blair to sue a school so that a pupil may wear a Jihab?


  39. 115
    Labour watch says:

    The Rotherham selection process in Labour CLP.

    The favourite denied a place on the shortlist by an outside NEC.

    100 members walk out.

    27 remain.

    The winner (a white woman) with 13 votes.

    Ed Miliband hang your head in shame.


    • 131
      Fabians are Evil says:

      Only now is the true evil of Gordon Brown’s reign beginning to show itself.


      • 141
        McBonkers says:

        Ye may think a’em a dafty – but ar’ left ma mark ev’rywa’ – ready to pick up when ar’ retun!


    • 175
      Loopy Lou says:

      What is wrong with white women ?


      • 178
        Labour watch says:

        The 100 people who walked out of the vote without voting saw their favoured non white contender disallowed from a shortlist position.

        Labour are being accused of a ‘clean skin’ policy.


  40. 142
    The Call me Dave Xmas broadcast says:

    I would just like to wish everyone as nice a Christmas as is possible. I know times are tough financially for the tiny minuscule insignificant minority, and I know that many of you may not be around after Christmas if it gets a bit cold what with the cost of energy these days.
    Now that the USA elections are over we can finally get round to that Middle East war I have hinting about for some time now, and once that is over we can get finally get back on track with the things that will matter in once again getting the UK back to being respected worldwide. Things like Gay marriage and more support for our EU neighbours.


  41. 158
    just asking says:

    How much were Lord McAlpine’s legal fees…..and could you equate that to number of licence fee payers please


    • 174
      Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

      Thanks to that Hodge woman we all know we are two billion pounds down the tubes because of Northern Crock .

      We are over 400 k down on Earwhistle so Macalpine’s legal fees are a drop in the ocean .

      If you close the BBc down completely now we might just get back to break even by the end of 2013 .


    • 189
      Sarge says:

      Have you thought of using …..arithmetic? Or are you an economist?


  42. 162
    Corby voter says:

    When’s the Corby results due out? I can’t wait to see how much of a kick in the plums Dave received from UKIP – not that he’s got any.


  43. 167
    Anonymous says:

    I’ve met 100s of interesting people


  44. 171
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    I have always said the best form of defence is attack.


  45. 176
    restore the monasteries says:

    from what i have studied over the horrendous 13years of labour, The rise of political lying by pete thingy ,and, squandered by dave craig, begs the question,Why do the great unwashed vote labour?.Must be out of spite.


  46. 179
    Whistle Blower says:

    Common Purpose is communism under another name – communitarianism – and rose in mysterious circumstances and with obscure funding after the fall of the Berlin wall.

    Its graduates, primarily senior management candidates across the public sector including the police, within the media and academia are urged to “lead beyond authority” in a post-democratic society. Its training seminars are secret and its graduates sworn to secrecy.

    The most significant impact appears to be the closing of public sector ranks and the creation of co-ordinated “administrative” processes to undermine the liberty and privacy of the individual linked to the wholesale collection and sharing of private data. This intrusive bureaucracy is driven by socialist imperatives which are presumed to be in the interests of the public rather than tested by mandate or by consent. The Common Purpose ethos has resulted in increasing arrogance on the part of public officials and a distancing between public servants and those they are supposed to serve.

    Those who are in a position to do so and not yet tainted need to ask serious questions about this organisation and bring it out of the shadows.


  47. 181
    Rightallalong says:

    Up until today, anyone who mentioned Common Purpose was a conspiracy theorist. The truth has come out at last.


  48. 186
    Gordon The Gopher says:

    I declare war on that silver fox! Bring back fox hunting!!


  49. 190
    Jimmy says:

    So the Daily Hitler is making a pitch for the tinfoil hat wearing demographic?

    What took them so long?


  50. 206
    keredybretsa says:

    We need highly motivated, high calibre, forward and outward thinking leadership. To keep the internet as the ultimate information resource!


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