November 22nd, 2012

I’m a Lord Justice Get Me Out of Here!

As the Spectator reported yesterday, Brian Leveson is off to Australia on a speaking tour as soon as his report is published next Thursday. Ben Webster in the Times has more detail:

Lord Justice Leveson is to fly to Australia on an expenses-paid trip within days of delivering his recommendations on the future of press regulation. The judge has accepted invitations to speak on “Privacy in the 21st century” in Sydney on December 7 and on “News Gathering in a Time of Change” in Melbourne on December 12. He is expected to be accompanied on the trip by his wife.

Now we know why the good Lord will be refusing any questions next week. He’s saving himself for punters paying £620 a head to hear his views. On media ethics…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:


    Not worth every penny spent.

  2. 2
    Duty Pedant says:

    No we know why !!!!

  3. 3
    Selohesra says:

    Presumably as he only got the lecture tour off the back of his Kangaroo Court into the Murdochs he will be rebating some of his enquiry fees with those he gets from Australia?

  4. 4
    Kebab for the chop says:


  5. 5
    Duty Pedant says:


  6. 6
    Lord Leveson says:

    As John Prescott announced on this very website yesterday, Labour has announced its new initiative, the Age of Chancers. I for one will be fully doing my bit by skimming off the top wherever I can.

  7. 7
    Sarah says:

    The good judge is just another well fed member of the elite, the neo-nomenklatura who relish the possibility of gagging the press.

    Thankfully we have this place & many other online places of free expression, truth & refuge – we are the resistance & we will not be silenced.

  8. 8
    Pitchfork. says:

    £620:00 a ticket very fucking moral?
    Thats 9 weeks wages for me.!!!!!

  9. 9
    Anne Arquist says:

    Who in their right mind would pay £620 to listen to drivel? They must be on a jolly funded by taxpayers.

  10. 10
    None 0f the above says:

    ‘He is expected to be accompanied on the trip by his wife.’

    WTF is he not sure? Has he tried asking her?

  11. 11
  12. 12
    Brian Levinson says:

    My dear Guido

    What would you expect?

    I have just conducted a very high profile inquiry

    I am a celebrity

    And We all got paid a fortune

    So I am off to cash in on all of this while the bling lasts

    PS I am sorry that my old Murdoch friends are being unfriendly. I liked going to their concktail parties as well…

  13. 13
    Centre Parting says:

    His wife may make a better speaker.
    Hope his doesn’t use a any of Ken Dodd’s jokes.

  14. 14
    Ed Milishambles says:

    Ethics? Ethics in the media? Fairies? Goblins?

    All just fantasies from someone’s crazed delusions.

  15. 15
    Just asking says:

    Will “Mr Jay” being going as well

    Just to carry the bags?

    Or does he have to stay behind to ensure income for Mrs Empty Ed Millitunes?

  16. 16
  17. 17
    Squeaker of the Long Corrupted Parliament says:

    Can I join you Brian?

    I am in the middle of a local political difficulty here

    I need to get away from Cicciolina just as our friend Tone does from Slotgob…

  18. 18
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Remember when Murdoch Junior said that answering a particular question was above his paygrade and Brian, with a knowing smirk to Mr J, said “mine too”.

    Perhaps Bri’s been reflecting on the injustice of it.

  19. 19
    Sloppy reporting says:

    You say that punters are paying £620 a head to hear him. But are they paying any of that to him?

    I rather doubt it.

  20. 20
    BBC,Guardian,Labour party revolving door job club says:

    Thank fuck we can get off the topic of abused kids at the BBC.

  21. 21
    The times they are a changing says:

    Just like the new boss of al-beeb, jobs for the boys, no change pay your taxes little plebs and mind your own business, your not intelligent enough to understand.

  22. 22
    Mandelson (you know the rest) says:

    Hello Eddy

    Will you appoint me Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Labour Party?

    It will help me get filthy rich on dodgy influence peddling you see?

    Bankers believe I am highly ethical so why not you?

  23. 23
  24. 24
    Lord Leveson, running for cover says:

    This has nothing to do with my inquiry role

    It is just on the same subject by complete coincidence

  25. 25
    Book Club says:

    “Another useful plot is the false accusation. First, create a situation where you are falsely accused. Then, at a convenient moment, arrange for the false accusation to be shown to be false beyond all doubt… Further accusations will then be treated with great suspicion.”

    pg 176, The New Machiavelli (2000)
    Author: Alistair McAlpine

    Find it on

  26. 26
    The Last Governor of the BBC says:

    Can I join you as well, Brian?

    My bloody organisation is collapsing beneath my feet as well…

    We might establish a new colocy in Strine don’t you think?

    They are getting very rich on the back of the Chinese I am told…

  27. 27
    Maximus says:

    Correct. The Gillard administration (how coincidental!) is also looking into ways to muzzle the free press (read mostly Murdoch press). Doubtless for a fat fee Leveson will happy to given them the benefit of his stupidity cupidity.

  28. 28
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Never mind that.

    Why is he not expected to pay for his wife’s trip?

    That’s what I want to know.

  29. 29
    The Last Governor of the BBC says:

    Are there any judges left to hear my cases?

  30. 30
    Sir Talbot Buxomley says:

    Poor bloke – 9 weeks wages – shoulda studied harder at school. Some people I meet are in low wage jobs cos they mucked about at school. Who’s having the last laugh now?
    Muckers or nerds who knuckle down and study, work and play hard.

    On thread: Leveson’s report should stand on its own – explain everything that is immoral about our devious media and what the remedy should be.

  31. 31
    Happy Xmas...Dave. See you in the New Year says:

    His Lordship posts a giant steaming turd through the letter box of No10 on his way to the airport ?

  32. 32
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Governments have been doing it for years.

    It’s worked a treat so far.

  33. 33
    Russian Oligarch (and his bent City solicitors) says:

    Are there any judges left to hear our cases?

    We like good cheap English justice to launder our billions

    Our heavies will chain this Judge to his pulpit

  34. 34
    Gary Bloke says:

    The wife of Brian

  35. 35
    pigface says:

    Amyone put an approximate total on the cost of inquiries in the last ten years?
    Have we hit £1billion yet?

    Cant we bring the Blue Peter totaliser out of storage

  36. 36
    Lord Mandelspawn - Lizard International says:

    How may we help?

  37. 37
    Ed Millibland says:

    A judge led enquiry will work out the cost for you. Eventually

  38. 38
    Nick says:

    Perhaps, as with other celebrity TV shows, the format of The Leveson Inquiry is to be sold to broadcasters around the world, starting with the Australians.

  39. 39
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Snout and trough…. so no change !!

  40. 40
    Carlos says:

    Leveson will see very little of that money. He will get his (and probably his wife’s) expenses reimbursed but will be paid a nominal fee for the speeches. I know from experience that is the case for senior academics. I’m sure that it is the same for judges when still in office.

    It will be a different matter when he retires because can then capitalise on his ‘celebrity’.

  41. 41
    Special Agent Fox Mulder says:

    Lord L, of all people, goes to Aussie, of all places, to give lectures on the Murdochs, of all subjects, just as the Leveson Report, of all things, is released, whereupon he will be in demand by the Oz media following up on it, who are ready to bust Rupert’s chops, and Brian will then undoubtedly be hailed as a hero in America by the MSNBC crowd for bearding the lion in his den, and he will then be in demand for appe*arances in the US as well.
    There are no coincidences.

  42. 42
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Very very funny but you must get over your homoerotic fascination with Geo. Osborne :)

  43. 43
    bergen says:

    Ethics? It’s a county like Suthics.

  44. 44
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    How’s about that then guys and gals :)

  45. 45
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Just wondering if he will be keeping his earnings from talking about the Inquiry ? After all it is publicly funded…… ?

  46. 46
    Carlos says:

    If the organiser’s choose to pay for Levenson’s wife’s trip that is entirely up to them. It is very common for conference organisers to offer to pay spouse’s expenses as an inducement for the potential speaker to accept the invitation to speak.

  47. 47
    Mrs Sally Bercow Media Expert says:

    Are you travelling first class. If so John says I can go in his place *gulps*

  48. 48
    nemo says:

    Hah, so you do swallow then Sally!

  49. 49
    fruitcake says:

    Brian’s just an old media tart

  50. 50
    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    I think you mean days?

  51. 51
    i spot a link £££££££££££ says:

    is the good lord related to mr tone?

  52. 52
    Mr wondering says:

    Pensioner perhaps?

  53. 53
    What a great day for it missis says:

    He does try, but poor delivery means that ‘tickling stick’ comes out as ‘stickling prick’.

  54. 54
    Mrs Sally Bercow Media Expert says:

    Don’t we all Mr Nemo. What on earth do you mean? *gulps*

  55. 55
    Pitchfork. says:

    No benefits a cripple I am a cripple and not allowed to work.

  56. 56
    matei says:

    the Australians have already had their own learned Elder doing a report into the media

    “Today’s column is dedicated to Raymond Finkelstein QC. Raymond who? Well, he’s the kind of left-leaning activist lawyer I’d normally run a mile from – especially since he’s behind a scary new report which, if implemented, will kill what’s left of freedom of speech in Australia and pretty much criminalise climate scepticism.

    Raymond – or Pinkie Finkie, as I’m sure he’d preferred it if I called him, because the Aussies do love a bit of informality, don’t they? – has produced a report on media regulation in Australia so terrifyingly authoritarian it makes the Leveson Enquiry look like a model of balance, sanity and restraint.”

  57. 57
    treetop91 says:

    It never ends does it. We actually fall for it time and again that we might get just one piece of activity from our so called elite that is not driven by self centred greed and even the enquiry into one part of it is tainted before the report is issued. Westminster must reek of corruption and it is about time that we had the ghost of Cromwell return to rid us of their kind.

  58. 58
    Sir Talbot Buxomley says:

    Your original post said

    “£620:00 a ticket very fucking moral?
    Thats 9 weeks wages for me.!!!!!”

    You should have said

    “£620:00 a ticket very fucking moral?
    Thats 9 weeks benefits for me.!!!!!”

    I assumed you were a working Briton.

  59. 59
    The savant8.5 says:

    Concktail parties???

    Surely. To read

    Bonktail parties n est pas ??

  60. 60
    Kebab Time says:

    i dona know why you ffs’d my comment, and no I is not jealous

  61. 61
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Now THAT is an interesting find…

  62. 62
    YorkshireLad says:

    Has he nodded off?

  63. 63
    poor bloody tax-payer says:

    So who is paying for Leveson’s expenses-paid trip?

    I hope to fuck it isn’t me, I think he’s a karnt.

  64. 64
    Rt Hon Lord Justice Brian Leveson says:

    “[W]hen he retires…”

    I’m sure you are referring to my retirement from the Bench. I don’t stop being a QC just because I’m not a judge anymore. And as long as I don’t represent a client who had any business before me in the past, where there might be a question as to my impartiality in that proceeding, I shouldn’t have a problem.

    Public service is all well and fine and to be commended, but a lad’s got to accumulate some money for his old age; I’m only 63, for heaven’s sake! Still in my prime! Don’t write me off just yet!

  65. 65
    Observer says:

    For the “Kangaroo” court recently held in London, Dame Edna would have made a more charismatic chair[person].

  66. 66
    Observer says:

    And just what exactly was wrong with the old colocy?

  67. 67
    Observer says:

    Can somebody please tell me where I can get a First Class (or even Business Class) return to Sydney for 620 quid? I went to Perth recently and even the cheapest off season Cattle class fare was over 800 smackers. And that was with one of the cheaper airlines.

  68. 68
    Observer says:

    Unlike Wethics which does not exist (at the moment anyway).

  69. 69
    Observer says:

    Just covering his backside for when, following publication of the Report, the dooda hits the whatsit. Lots of fun and games ahead folks, so get our popcorn in early.

  70. 70
    Observer says:

    We trust you will be using your OAP bus pass to get to the airport.

  71. 71
    Observer says:

    Much of the judiciary these days appear to be ‘left’ rather than independent,.

  72. 72
    Oz the Abbo says:

    Any bets Finkie was not born is Oz. They don’t suffer idiots lightly down under. He had better watch out he does not find a sheep’s head in his bed one day!

  73. 73
    Oz the Abbo says:

    *in, not is.

  74. 74
    Roundhead, squarehead, cavalier whatever.. says:

    Does Cromwell have any living descendents perchance?

  75. 75
    D L George says:

    And would have added considerably more gravitas.

  76. 76
    Popeye says:

    Very ethical of M’Lord?

  77. 77
    GUBU says:


  78. 78
    Dick Scratcher says:

    GF – the pig’s nose logo is missing from Leveson’s nose. Oy vey!

  79. 79
    fitzfitz says:

    A dab of press control by statute is a dab of cyanide … as Brian knows …

  80. 80
    fitzfitz says:

    … preparing to scuttle off down under ? … rather than face the music … the ethics are very century 21.

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