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. 3
    Aspirin Rustic-bridgingloan says:

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


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

      Labour do it all the time.


    • 21
      David David says:

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


      • 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.


        • 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.


        • 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.


    • 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.


      • 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.


  3. 4
    Plato says:

    Contracts are enforced by…statute?


  4. 5
    Guardian of fuck all says:

    Yeah. But we all they are hypocrites.


    • 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.


  5. 7
    Bluto says:

    Double standards, hypocrisy, smears and propaganda.

    The four horsewimmen of the Left.


  6. 8
    Guardian of fuck all says:

    Yeah. But we all know they are


  7. 10
    Kebab Time says:

    The Guardian can fuck off!

    (as can all those that want Leveson implemented )


    • 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?


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. 14
    Sally says:

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


  11. 15
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

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


  12. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Just playing to the gallery as per


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


    • 29
      Anonymous says:

      we get that anyway


    • 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.


  15. 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.


    • 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.


  16. 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”


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

      You wait unitl they start on the ID cards again.


    • 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


  17. 28
    Anonymous says:

    does camoron actually know what he’s doing?


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


    • 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.


  20. 41
    Mike Hunt says:

    So the Guardian “defies press victims” as well…

    but only quietly.


  21. 45
    So Ashamed says:

    I bought the Guardian a few times several years back.


    • 53
      blessmefatherforIhavesinned says:

      All sins are forgiven – in time.


    • 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!


    • 62
      Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

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


      • 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.


    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      was it a special edition with no schpelling mishtakes?


  22. 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%!!


  23. 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.


  24. 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.


  25. 52
    Nonjob says:

    The graun banned me again yesterday.

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


  26. 54
    Dusty Shelf says:

    Room up here.


  27. 56
    Maqboul says:

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


    • 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.


  28. 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.


  29. 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…


    • 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.


  30. 72
    ahaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

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


  31. 75
    Labour says:

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


  32. 76
  33. 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…


  34. 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.”


  35. 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!)


  36. 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.


  37. 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?


  38. 107
    fitzfitz says:

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


  39. 108
    fitzfitz says:

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


  40. 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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