November 30th, 2012

Guardian Defies Press Victims


The frontpage of the Guardian says that by opposing the Hacked Off campaign’s  demand for statutory regulation the Prime Minister is defying the victims of press intrusion. Odd, since the Guardian’s own leader on this very subject was

Our own position remains as we argued it before the inquiry this summer. We believe in independent regulation, both from politicians and the press itself. We do believe in a contract system – not the use of statute – to secure participation.

So the Guardian “defies press victims” as well…


  1. 1
    YorkshireLad says:

    Why are so so surprised, Guido?

  2. 2
    YorkshireLad says:

    Why are you so surprised…OOPS

  3. 3
    Aspirin Rustic-bridgingloan says:

    What is wrong with moralising on a subject and while adopting a completely different stance?

  4. 4
    Plato says:

    Contracts are enforced by…statute?

  5. 5
    Guardian of fuck all says:

    Yeah. But we all they are hypocrites.

  6. 6
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Labour do it all the time.

  7. 7
    Bluto says:

    Double standards, hypocrisy, smears and propaganda.

    The four horsewimmen of the Left.

  8. 8
    Guardian of fuck all says:

    Yeah. But we all know they are

  9. 9
    Henry Ford says:

    Headline could easily have been hypocritical loss making newspaper wants it both ways.

  10. 10
    Kebab Time says:

    The Guardian can fuck off!

    (as can all those that want Leveson implemented )

  11. 11
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    And never miss an opportunity to slag of Tories, even to the detriment of the country, after all we are traitors you know.

  12. 12
    madame la guillotine says:

    this is just a very good example of Post-Lord Cocklecarrot ‘balanced’ journalism

    on the one hand – this that and the other and on the other hand – four fingers and a thumb

  13. 13
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Keeping the punters happy while keeping them in the dark on what the Guardian really thinks. Garbage. People continue to buy tripe.

  14. 14
    Sally says:

    Leveson effect? MSM not reporting reported arrest of Rolf Harris. Even on netmums. Innocent Face

  15. 15
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Sarah Champion on this pic looks a tad arrogant. Is she Common Purpose ?

  16. 16
    Maqboul says:

    By Common Law.

  17. 17
    Hugh Janus says:

    In that respect they would at least be consistent.

  18. 18
    Plato says:

    OK – it’s both. The point is, a contract that can’t be enforced isn’t a contract.

  19. 19
    Steve Miliband says:

    Who ain’t?

  20. 20
    The Guardian of fuck all says:

    It is the brainwashing bullshit. It is laughable. You read it then u think wtf was that nonsense I just read? Garbage. It is not even good enough for bogroll.

  21. 21
    David David says:

    Quite, cf Mail, Express, Sun etc etc ad nauseam bleurgh vomit bleurgh!

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Just playing to the gallery as per

  23. 23
    kinnochio says:

    As our old friend Lenin said “Liberty is precious. So precious that we mustration it”.

    Clearly the only way forward is to have state control of the press as they do in all forward thinking countries.

    In a spirit of completely public spirited impartiality I’d like to suggest that a committee of a dozen BBC and Guardian senior executives on a £500,000 annual honorarium each with an EU committee of oversight should decide what may and may not be published. Since we expect that the public will then buy even fewer newspapers we will ban the Internet and force every household to but the Guardian just as we force it to pay for the BBC.

  24. 24
    Raving Loon says:

    We shouldn’t have statutory regulation of the press. If we do, we’ll soon be hearing about the prime minister scoring 18 holes in on the golf course, whilst the gulags go unreported.

  25. 25
    kinnochio says:

    As our old friend Lenin said “Liberty is precious. So precious that we must ration it”.

    Clearly the only way forward is to have state control of the press as they do in all forward thinking countries.

    In a spirit of completely public spirited impartiality I’d like to suggest that a committee of a dozen BBC and Guardian senior executives on a £500,000 annual honorarium each with an EU committee of oversight should decide what may and may not be published. Since we expect that the public will then buy even fewer newspapers we will ban the Internet and force every household to but the Guardian just as we force it to pay for the BBC.

  26. 26
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Rolf Harris?? Well tie me kangaroo down sport…….. time to play ‘Two little boys”.

  27. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Don’t people realise that if Parliament legislate the press, some nutter common purpose type could change the law some time in the future?

    Imagine what Gordon would have done when NI turned against him? ” From tomorrow it is illegal to write bad things about MP’s from Kirkcaldy”

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    does camoron actually know what he’s doing?

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    we get that anyway

  30. 30
    from the gulag says:

    They know what’s best for us after all said and done.

  31. 31
    just saying says:

    Yes she is a Common Purpose “graduate”.
    They’re infecting every facet of British life.

  32. 32
    Anastasia Steele says:

    And whips.

  33. 33
    Land ho! says:

    Laws require enforcement, not more inept laws, we have plenty of laws to cover the newspapers , it requires the Criminal Protection Services to make sure all laws broken are brought to the courts.

  34. 34
    The Guardian of fuck all says:

    Surely if the BBC is state owned then it should be regulated completely by the State. Completely regulated so much so that when Paxman has to go toilet he has to fill three forms in to go and three forms to be completed when he comes back from the loo. Bog standard journalism literally.

  35. 35
    Land ho! says:

    Hmmm yes, but hmmm no, but hmmm yes, but hmmm no, does my arse look nice in this.

  36. 36
    who why what where when says:

    Glad you’ve drawn attention to this Guido. I just spotted it on a news stand.
    Once again The Guardian, Labour party,BBC and the usual suspects are shamefully and cynically using the genuine victims of phone hacking to pursue their own agenda of state control of the press.
    And I’d love to know if Hacked Off kindly provided the Dowlers with a lawyer??

  37. 37
    EU are our friends, we must learn to love them says:

    Remember the BBC is owned by the EU not the people who pay the tv tax, you carry on moaning and all you will get is repeats, repeats, repeats.

  38. 38
  39. 39
    Goebbels says:

    I taught them everything they know.

  40. 40
    Selohesra says:

    Succinctly put – unlike the 2000 pages required by Brian. What a waste of money – and Dave only weakened because the Gaurdian lied about poor Millie Dowler. Can we send them the bill?

  41. 41
    Mike Hunt says:

    So the Guardian “defies press victims” as well…

    but only quietly.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    who is Sir David Bell?

    from whom the bell tolls.
    should his knighthood go.

  43. 43
    EU are our friends, we must learn to love them says:

    You wait unitl they start on the ID cards again.

  44. 44
    Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

    Iraq has WMDs! Iraq has WMDs! Iraq has WMDs! Iraq has WMDs! Iraq has WMDs! Bomb them! Bomb them! Bomb them! Bomb them! Bomb them! Kill! Crush! Destroy! Kill! Crush! Destroy! Kill! Crush! Destroy! Iraq, weapons, 45 minutes! Iraq, weapons, 45 minutes! Iraq, weapons, 45 minutes!

    Tony’s ethical foreign policy. Super. Tories = evil. Tories = evil. Tories = evil.

    I am available to run an independent press commission.

  45. 45
    So Ashamed says:

    I bought the Guardian a few times several years back.

  46. 46
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:


    Looking at his songs in a new light…… ffs a man in a raincoat with a middle leg??

  47. 47
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Well said Aspirin, I do it all the time. This Leveson business is getting out of hand. I have said it before and will say it again. We need to implement the soviet model of press control and we need to do it quickly. Boaz.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Even the left now admit that unemployment is a price worth paying just to save the Euro and the rich European political elite. Well, they don’t seem to be doing anything about it so they?

    Eurozone unemployment has hit a new high of 11.7pc in October. The figures from Eurostat make unpleasant reading: 25.9m people are now out of work across Europe, 18.7m in the eurozone.
    The north-south divide is clear, and widening. Austria has unemployment of 4.3pc, Germany 5.4pc and the Netherlands 5.5pc. Meanwhile, Greece has a rate of 25.4pc and Spain 26.2pc. With youth unemployment in Spain and Greece around 50%!!

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Most people sympathise with the Dowlers.
    But the NoTW was shut down and the I think the family received a massive pay-off from Murdoch.

    As the Guardian, Alistair Campbell,the BBC etc know,phone-hacking is a side issue. There are criminal laws in place to deal with it, which for some strange reason,weren’t used when hacking occurred during Labour’s reign.

    Cameron must stand firm and resist any attempt to control the press. Britain has a long and proud tradition of free speech and it must continue.

  50. 50
    I don't want to share the same air as the labour voting dogshite in Edinburgh says:

    It is a marketing ploy. Just write what the punters like to read or they will stop buying. It is just to keep the readers happy while making dosh.

  51. 51
    Charlotte Sometimes selling my wedding photos to Hello magazine says:

    Cry Freedom. Was a film about Steve Biko starring the greatest actor since Sidney Poitier.

  52. 52
    Nonjob says:

    The graun banned me again yesterday.

    Comment is free. But some comments are more free than others.

  53. 53
    blessmefatherforIhavesinned says:

    All sins are forgiven – in time.

  54. 54
    Dusty Shelf says:

    Room up here.

  55. 55
    gordon shitte-brown says:

    i know several twats who buy it all the time, some of them even when they’ve barely got enough cash for a packet of rizlas. others have more cash than i’d know what to do with and they swear by it too. i used to like dropping in on them with a copy of the telegraph under my arm. you could see their stupid fucking brains getting twisted round their knickers…..oh no! a newspaper other than the guardian of fuck all.

    john smith was a good man………..see what i mean? hopeless innit!

  56. 56
    Maqboul says:

    You cannot legislate away a problem but legislation can create a problem.

  57. 57
    The Mallen Streak says:

    Is she the one who looks like Dickie Davies with a ‘tache?

  58. 58
    Long grass says:

    Hey, it’s mine.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    what….murdochs mouth?

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Daily Mail did a decent expose’ of Bell a couple of weeks ago.
    Worth checking it out.

  61. 61
    Nonjob says:

    Hypocrisy is what the graun does best.

    The day this condescending, snivelling waste of wood-pulp goes bust, can not come soon enough.

  62. 62
    Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

    In mitigation, you could argue that it didn’t print the ‘wisdom’ of Pollytwaddle or Moonbat back then.

  63. 63
    Phil Silvers says:

    Now Bilko, he WAS an actor

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    “Them” being the interminable, grey, privileged boys and girls who govern as if they were born to do so – and yet aren’t even very good at it. We are less lions led by donkeys than lambs led by sheep.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    still dont get hislops rant on HIGNFY last week.

    the only (third) eye that seems private these days are the powerful ones that the press wont discuss

  66. 66
    How about says:

    Guid0 awards a prize for the first of the MSM to break the story?

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    you summed that one quite well….are you a spin doctor?

  68. 68
    In the name of socialism the truth is flexible says:

    This is why Polly was seconded from the BBC to serve at the Guardian. They do lefty hypocrisy to the max.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    was it a special edition with no schpelling mishtakes?

  70. 70
    Bugler Bert says:

    Bang on target – Ed Millibrain amitted in his reply at PMQs – his MPs need protection from the press so that the poor starving Liebor gang carrybon withe all their rent scams, expensives fiddles etc,etc and more etc

  71. 71
    The Murdoch criminal organisation says:

    Thank you, thank you Guido for all the support you have been giving us

    You have proved your worth as an ex employee…

    By discrediting Leveson, the Guardian and everyone who wants a minimum of honesty in the tabloid press

    You are the red tops have done a national service

    Caligula is proud of you

    Long live our criminality…

  72. 72
    ahaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    I did like when that old lady called ranting Charlotte Church and her family rather weak. That made me laugh.

  73. 73
    The Mallen Streak says:

    Treason and it is a loophole that people can use to legally dodge out of paying the telly tax.

  74. 74
    Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

    Maybe you can’t legislate away a problem, but you can lead it into a field, kill it and make it look like suicide.

  75. 75
    Labour says:

    We’re on our way back! And when we’re back, we’re coming after your money! Woop woop!

  76. 76
  77. 77
    Call me Dave says:

    Some people are just rude; all I did was compliment a stranger on their impressive Movember moustache and she told me to fuck off…

  78. 78
    nightwatch says:

    Strange, that with all the plugs the Guardian is getting on the BBC today, it hasn’t stimulated it’s ” world-class journalism ” to comment on the paper’s inconsistency over ” the use of statute.”

  79. 79
    Polly Tuscany says:

    Oh yes. Please, please.

  80. 80
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Thanks for your sage words of wisdom. Can you somehow put the costs through Little Johnny’s expenses this month ?

  81. 81
    Victim Watch says:

    Alan Partridge…drugs
    Max mosley…Nazi orgies
    Grant…Crap actor
    Anne Diamond….Who?

  82. 82
    Good news says:

    Glad to see your Irish government voting for freedom from occupatiopn, a p a t h e i d and w a c i s m and self determination for the Palestinina people..

    It used to be what you shood for

    But it is great that the United Nations voted 139 nations in favour

    And Nine against (the nine being The Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, and, naturally, the U.S..)

    PS Perhaps you should exile yourself to Panama….good for your taxes as well!)

  83. 83
    Labour's Ministry of Truth says:

    Exposes are forbidden.
    Free speech is banned.

  84. 84
    Scrounging Fuds Allowed says:

    Urrrgh! She is back!

  85. 85
    Guardian of the right to hypocrisy says:

    They would certainly prefer not to have constant re-publication of Pretty (sic) Polly’s champagne and Tuscany lifestyle. Oh and their tax avoidance schemes.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Was it Chris Bryant’s election agent that was caught downloading child porn?

  87. 87
    Pollytwaddle says:

    As usual Guido misses the point. We, the vanguard of the people, are against the Evil Tories™. In that, we are absolutely consistent. Otherwise how could I I publish my twaddle from my villa in Tuscany for £150K/yr?

  88. 88
    LandfillSite says:

    No, its mine!!

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    common law for a common purpose

  90. 90
    Bollocks to Getting a Pseudonym says:

    Instead of bringing in new watchbodies (kerching!! for civil servants/quangocrats) or draconian laws, they could try enforcing the existing laws, starting with Plod making a pre-dawn visit to David Leigh’s home. If the law had been enforced properly, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  91. 91
    Under The Carpet says:

    No, it’s mine.

  92. 92
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Dowlers aside the whole phone hacking thing is overblown hysteria. The name itself is misleading – nobody had their calls listened to, only messages from others which must have been 99% utterly banal – “call you later’, ‘sorry, running a bit late’ etc. I don’t envy the hacks who had to trawl hours of this dross in hope of a nugget of sensation. Further, anyone who could not be arsed to set up a PIN should take some of the blame anyway, if their affairs were so delicate/dodgy. And yet you would think that terrible crimes had been committed. Ridiculous lack of proportion.

  93. 93
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Not as expensive as libelling Tory Peers, love!

  94. 94
    Bluto says:

    Blah, blah, blah. Yawn.

    The moral sanctimony and emotional blackmail from all the usual suspects is getting really tired.

    Take your faux outrage and faux off.

  95. 95
    Bluto says:

    Thought you had given up being a Twit?

  96. 96
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    No doubt the Guardian, Independent and BBC will now be putting the jack boot into Cameron at every conceivable opportunity. Even if he loses this battle, I’ve got to give him credit for not caving in to the pressure and making a stand.

  97. 97
    Alistair Campbell makes me ashamed to be human says:

    No, it just printed the verbal diarrhoea of Trougher Kinnock, ranting about that woman who beat him 3 times.

  98. 98
    Big Brother says:

    Doublespeak definition of ‘free': Approving of Left political viewpoint, and no other

  99. 99
    Nick Robinson says:

    And my father, if the truth were known; my mum always did fancy a man in uniform…Sgt Bilko knew the importance of being Ernest!

  100. 100
    Only a kiss and a cuddle says:

    Some of us don’t agree with you Handy. We are looking forward to new stories in the Portsmouth News and in the National Papers about your recent exploits which are bound to come out when the next case gets to court.

  101. 101
    51 shades of eminence grise says:

    .. and a paint brush! Most peculiarful.

  102. 102
    51 shades of eminence grise says:

    CPS now means Common Purpose Service. Do keep up at the back.

  103. 103
    51 shades of eminence grise says:

    Just practising for when Press regulation comes in.

  104. 104
    Shredder says:

    Why don’t you lot just shut up. It is mine (along with Tone’s expenses sheets that I ate a couple of years ago).

  105. 105
    Oh dear says:

    Almost right.

    Grant.. Probate (geddit?)
    Anne was deemed the weakest link and told to exit stage left. She still talks beauluxe from the Sky early morning sofa.

  106. 106
    Oh dear says:

    * Rep-robate? Does that improve the point?

  107. 107
    fitzfitz says:

    What’s the super injunction count today ? … the unlicensed newspapers never refer to them anymore …

  108. 108
    fitzfitz says:

    If the NOTW were here it would publish a piece on Devin Brown on Sunday … news, views, victim status, childcare …

  109. 109
    Fockers says:

    they are f*cking c%nts

  110. 110
    Joanne Kay Rowling says:

    The grandiau writers expected to read what the editorialistas write?

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    There is nothing inconsistent in the Guardian’s editorial line, promoting a qualified degree of state regulation of the press.

    It is an easy step from there to state “support” of the press. Or at least for those sections of the press (the Guardian and the Observer, for instance) who are deemed to be worthy and in need of state support.

    As the Guardian is going bankrupt, and is undoubtedly “worthy”, at least in its own estimation, what could be more appropriate ?

    That does already happen in the case of the state-supported BBC, and the state-supported subsidised theatre, both of which turn out the same Guardian-style leftist propaganda

    Public-sector whores will give it all up, for the sake of an annual handout.

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