December 11th, 2012

Tom Watson’s Prank Call Nurse Press Smears Unravel

Over the last few days the Hacked Off brigade have been desperate for it to emerge that the prank call nurse had been contacted by hacks before she took her own life. Evan Harris salivated on Saturday:

Tom Watson even went as far as directly accusing journalists of “spooking” the woman, despite the fact they did not know her name:

Now the Press Complaints Commission have poured water on the press-haters’ wet dream. Lord Hunt told MPs earlier:

MP: “Was nurse hounded by press before she took her life?”
LH: “I don’t think so”

Yet another one in the eye for Watson. He’s not having a good run of it lately…


  1. 1
    Kebab for the chop says:


    • 12
      Kebab Time says:

      you have a long way to go to catch my record – now more than 1,100 firsts and going strong

    • 25
      Anonymous says:

      I will be surprised that she killed herself just because of the phone call that radio station made. Life as a nurse is hard they get abused a lot, when she was able to stand all that, I cannot believe she killed herself just because of this prank call.

      It might be better to wait and see what comes out of the inquest.

      • 36
        Conspiracy theroy a go go says:

        Then maybe you should be directing your comments at the facked off and fatty Watson !

      • 37
        Oi says:

        You may not have realised but the comments section on this blog is reserved for nutters and sados. There is no room for reasonable mainstream sensible comments.

        • 107
          Really? says:

          Everyone is welcome here, even sanctimonious bores like you. Though don’t expect many to agree with your narrow consideration, as to what is ‘mainstream’.

      • 38
        Pundit too too says:

        Would be interesting to find the answer for two major questions.
        1. Do the Aussies have records of them trying to contact the Edward VII Hospital, and if so why does the hospital constantly deny it?
        2. What actions were taken by the Edward VII Hospital toward the two nurses and others involved, and who did what to whom?
        Media and bbc etc missing out on both these very obvious questions – wonder why?

        • 86
          The BBC causes severe mental illness says:

          The Aussies, or rather the radio station, will have full records. They are not completely stupid. Any claim they make they will be able to back up with evidence – they will be acting under legal advice, and despite being taken off air will not have been abandoned by their employer.

          Hospital says no disciplinary action taken etc. No reason to disbelieve them. Other staff will likely whistle blow at some point if there is anything seriously iffy there.

          Media / BBC avoiding questions: BBC is currently unreliable, but rest of media will be keeping away as they may have realized that a media circus actually aids cover ups. (See for instance the Portugal case of 2007)

          Best wait for the coroners report, reaction from family, and keep an eye on the actions of Vaz. Something for sure is not adding up.

          • What a plonker. says:

            Why is that prat Keith Vaz sticking his nose in ?

          • Airey Belvoir says:

            The Beeb are a touch sensitive about prank calls, not wishing the spectre of Brand/Ross Sachsgate to rear its head again. So they are soft-pedalling this story for their own reasons.

          • Curly from Camden says:

            But there is no let up to the telly talking-heads chuntering on about the nurse and her fate. Round and round in circles all day. It is as though there is nothing else in the world to report.

            Just WTF are they trying to cover up that we are not being told about (apart from members of PIE of course).

          • Dick the Butcher says:

            Oilily, the unctuous Keith Vaz oozes slowly to the microphone, leaving a trail of sanctimonious socialist slime glistening in the weak wintery sunshine.

          • Keith Vaz says:

            I am my own spacialised creation

          • bandersnatch says:

            Re Keith Vaz. I believe the nurse’s husband rang him. He is convener of the Home Office Select Committee or something or other, after all. If contacted in this way, surely he would feel obliged to do what he could, even if it did put him in the limelight… which doubtless he loves. I’m not a great fan of KV, but if that is so, I guess he did the right thing.

        • 95
          Anonymous says:

          1) Hope the Aussies do have a recording coz I think that will be the answer to the whole tragedy. What’s the betting they rang the same number to get clearance and the same person answered (5 times)….

          2) Hospital has already stated they weren’t facing disciplinary, but that’s the same hospital that thought it could categorically blame the dj’s at the weekend without conducting an inquiry

          • Maqboul says:

            Yes mate. the DJs are the victims in all this. They’ll never work as pranksters again and the good folk of Sydney won’t have their cheap morning laughs.

            I hope the pair find work though… perhaps as nurses.

          • Anonymous says:

            I think the hospital is to blame and you will also find that they threatened or made her life very hard following the incident, also the husband may be involved as i doubt he was very supportive and for a mother to take her own life her home life must have been hell for a long long time, just waiting for hubby to announce he is suing someone….

      • 39
        Plato says:

        Watson’s double-or-quits gambles are becoming increasingly desperate.

      • 87
        Anonymous says:

        To be fair, i think being ridiculed on the BBC on an hourly basis, (not to mention a session on victoria derbyshires radio show ) and all the media outlets in Australia milking it, is not going to make any of us do cartwheels around the house.She may have had other problema, but this “jape ” obviously pushed her over the edge.Something that morons like this OZ pair needs to remember in the future.

        • 171
          The Public says:

          Hopefully, they will have no future.

          • Anonymous says:

            really, wow look further and you may see your self obsessed sphincter mate, there is a lot more going on her than a simple prank.. if it was the prank or bad phone call then why aren’t thousands of people committing suicide every day due to ppi or other crap calls… look further look at her home life look at how her workplace treated her in general… much more to be uncovered..

          • BOB Maxwell says:

            I agree with your sentiment; they should be publically hung, drawn and quartered

        • 236
          Anonymous says:

          was the nurse many.pull.ated.

      • 96
        Anonymous says:

        nurses are abused a lot bu ti doubt that this happens in a top notch place like this hotel, sorry hospital. Perhaps Katie darling would be better served going to her local A&E next time

      • 102
        Anonymous says:

        The prank call, was a prank. Everything after that was the crime. What was wrong was the media use of it to harass the poor nurse. Even if she was not dead it would still be exploitation of an individual.

        Even the radio station tries to claim it wanted permission, so it knew what is required. By saying it tried and then went ahead and released the tape anyway, shows they are the cause.

        To use the recording to humiliate is the issue in this country. There is no power given to UK trusts or charities to humiliate or harass individuals.

        As an individual that is still being publicly defamed by this government I know it is impossible to fight to clear your name. Once a trust is set up it has no democratic controls and becomes lawless.

        It is time this government actually took some responsibility for functions that are paid for by taxes.

        • 114
          Anonymous says:

          Are you saying we should censor news coming in from abroad ? what a very strange suggestion !

          • who why what where when says:

            The prank call was made by a foreign radio station.
            It was then replayed endlessly on British television.
            Neither media outlets would be affected by any statutory press regulation in the wake of Leveson.

            To try and use this poor woman’s death as a means of strengthening the case for state control of newspapers is appalling. But it’s what we would expect from a despicable organisation like Hacked Off, which has used Millie Dowler’s name so shamelessly.

          • Anonymous says:

            Does not matter where it comes from. All you need to do is act with some decency. The hospital should have been reported to be failing and that it disclosed personal details. Speculation of what it disclosed would have kept the story alive. They should have been ridiculing the Royal security and the hospital management.

            There were many people who did not do their jobs that are actually the cause. It is a general UK malaise that everyone claims it is not in their job description to be responsible for anything. Trustees claim no control, management claim no control.

            Even the Government now claim they do not have any control.

          • Ex-Voter says:

            There is no need for state control of any media. What we need is a legal system that is capable of acting to protect individuals. The laws exist. It is the legal system that is too corrupted to care.

            It is because they are all are safe from the law that they act in this way.

          • Labour licked Murdoch's arse says:

            There are perfectly adequate laws in place to deal with any transgressions by newspapers, they just need to be used when required.

      • 218
        Auntie Vemin says:

        Nursing staff are usually loyal, and hard working. Night staff may end up taking incoming calls as there are usually few calls in the night. This lady will have been mortified that she could have let the side down. Don’t forget that a cod English accent might not be picked up by someone who is from India and not familiar with nuances of English speech. Imagine if someone rang your hospital ward to get information about you and then broadcast your pox discharge details for a laugh!

        • 241
          Anonymous says:

          in the world of expectation management, who knows what really.
          while some obsess…others abstain.

          lot of FUD activity.
          iud is birth control…and so is fud.

          what is trying to emerge that is being held back.
          who is a safe pair of hands. ppl at claridges may be joyful to reside in that “glorious” world…but do they have peace on their hands?
          choice is emerging.

      • 245
        EdButLookBalls says:

        It was the BBC and Witchell on continuous loop in ‘on the hour’ news!!

      • 274
        you could'nt make it up! says:

        When the news first broke,one of the airheads on the Beeb smirked(which is par for the course)and said something like “how could anyone be fooled by that awful imitation of the Queen” Can’t abide Watson,but think the media here has a lot to answer for.

        • 298
          BOB Maxwell says:

          We get the media we deserve/buy. Controlling the “fixed” press merely accelerates the process for all content to be online. People can then choose if they consume.
          I have to watch Hungarian news controlled by “media laws”: trust me that the only redeeming fact is that my Hungarian is not sufficiently good to die from boredom.

      • 282
        Anonymous says:

      • 283
        Ho Chi Minh says:

  2. 2
    Tom Watson says:

    You’re going to f**king regret that Guido

  3. 3
    Ed Millibland says:

    Tom, much better to use the term brave, brave rather than poor, poor it tugs at the heart strings more.

  4. 4
    cynic says:

    Ask yourself this, is Watson a loathsome spotted reptile? Increasingly desperate to keep his profile up.

  5. 5
    cynic says:

    He would probably make a good Mirror journalist

  6. 6
    Cynic says:

    She would never have taken her own life if she had known that her family would have to deal with Keith Vaz

    • 10
      Not cynic says:

      Doh, unwitting use of same handle as co-respondent above

    • 42
      Big Momma says:

      Collateral damage.
      The odious Vazeline is milking this for all its worth.

    • 53
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Just why is Vaz getting involved?

      Absolutely nothing is straight and above board with that creep; he isn’t their MP, his Select Committee work has nothing to do with health, so why? Money? Race’n’effnic origin? Or just pure political opportunism?

      • 90
        Machiavelli says:

        Why would a government wish to get involved with an unconfirmed suicide ?

        It is well known that unconnected third parties can inject themselves into situations in order to manipulate events and cover their own actions.

        Eg. Soham.

        This is not to suggest that Vaz himself is directly involved.

    • 111
      Chriselee says:

      just watching that sanctamonius twat Vaz on The Daily Politics telling me about OUR country.Luckily I don’t have a gun or I would have destroyed my £600 TV.

      • 121
        None 0f the above says:

        £600 TV !!

        You are either an MP or a benefits claimant, and I therefore claim my 5 free pints of milk.

        • 157
          Benefits Claimant says:

          My 50″ TV cost you lot £1799!

          • do me a favour says:

            Toynbee was on The Daily Politics today too-shouting down and belittling a bloke who disagreed with her.
            Can’t be arsed to watch it anymore- sadly it’s going to same way as R4 Today and Question Time.

          • Anonymous says:

            You are Geraldine Kaufmann and it should have been a £9.5k B&O.

  7. 7
    The General Public says:

    The usual nauseating bandwagon-jumping from the usual suspects. You can actually smell their insincerity.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    So Hunt doesn’t KNOW, he just THINKS they didn’t hound her?
    Shouldn’t we be told what is known and not thought?

  9. 9
    Tom Fatson says:

    I don’t deal in fats facts.

  10. 11
    PlatoSays says:

    The Times said in an article after her death that they knew of no harrassment of her by the press – she wasn’t named or identified in the Oz prank either.

    • 71
      Spartacus says:

      More likely special branch

    • 77
      The Murdoch Mob says:

      We are the owners of the Times

      We know nothing about hacking, harrassing, extortion, corruption and generalised criminality of course

      • 124
        The Guardian ( Call us and save millions in tax ) says:

        Neither do we, as we are whiter than white, err in a non racially stereotypical way of course.

        • 225
          Anonymous says:

          Why is Rubbisher giving evidence to MP’s when his editorship of the Guardian has been a complete disaster in terms of hemorrahging both readers and cash?
          He couldn’t run a f**king whelk stall.

  11. 13
    Mob Law says:

    Leftard lynch mob not forthcoming eh?

  12. 14
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Unintended consequences.

    The chain of events started with Kate deciding she needed to be in hospital.

  13. 16
    I need more work says:

    Hacked off ought to fuck off now!

    the type who destroyed the energy debate and now want to carpet bomb something else

    an insatiable group of rent seeking numpties

  14. 17
    I know a politician is being economical with the truth when his lips move says:

    What Hunt said was “I don’t think so – but let me check”. Given how vague Hunt has been on detail of PCC operation this probably will turn out to be “yes”

    • 138
      Anonymous says:

      To be fair, it would be common practice to interview a nurse involved in something like this in NHS Hospitals, as patient confidentiality is taken very seriously.So i would imagine the same applies in the private sector.Its fascinating the way other (completely innocent ) people are now being drawn in to this situation,The Hospital, its chairman,Prince Phillip, Jeremy Hunt,Prince William ,and MI5.I hope the morons really responsible are sacked.

      • 255
        Anonymous says:

        a diversionary comment.

        how are prince philip, jermy hunt and prince william involved?
        is this called a distraction?

        all we can rely on are the facts. there is a lot of apparent threat to press freedom and social order.
        and investigative journalism seems to be in the bin. How can we determine the facts, and in the bigger scheme of things does it matter.

        • 272
          Anonymous says:

          I dont understand most of your post, but the part i wrote mentioning Prince Phillip etc was because other posters has already mentioned them on this thread.(Obviously light heartedly). Its a good idea to read all the posts above a comment before you put your foot in it.

  15. 18
    Fog says:

    David Cameron says we will become like Norway if we le ave EU (shock and horror), and unable to influence laws. He doesn’t get it does he, we don’t want anything to do with EU laws.–PM-warns-Britain-unable-influence-laws.html

  16. 19
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Three men arrested in Libor probe aged 33, 41 and 47.

    How old is Lucky Diamond?

  17. 20
    Hank the Cat says:

    Is Fatty Watson going to have a gay marriage? The public have the right to know.

  18. 21
    UK UNCUNT - Get shut of Twatson now says:

  19. 22
    EdMiliband says:

    Wunashun? Enquiry?

  20. 28
    Bag for life says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. Scotland votes for independence and therefore ceases to be a member of the EU (pace Barrosso) and has to reapply to be a member.
    2. With Scotland out the UK is no longer the ‘United Kingdom’ in its hitherto accepted form.
    3. ‘New’ UK now by default no longer a member of the EU.


  21. 30
    Fatty Bully says:

    No, the real responsibility lies with those Ozzy hoons. Though the BBC did bang on about how can someone fall for such a trick.

  22. 31
    Hank the Cat says:

    Now LBC are banging on about gay marriage, having a phone in about it, mind you I believe that there a more than a few gayers working for them

    • 57
      Beeboid 2 - new style management says:

      It is one of our mandatory but secret employment policies to employ at least 20% of people with homosexual and lesbian persuasion. We are considering the percentage of transexuals we wish to employ.

      • 266
        Curly from Camden says:

        Yes Mrs Dale was ranting on yesterday about how wonderful his/her/its life is becoming.

    • 162
      Fat Tom takes it in the gob says:

      there might be a few gayers on here darling x

  23. 32
    Penfold says:

    Twatson won’t that accept that woolly response from Hunt.

    The conspirasists will dream on……………….

    As for Twat and Hacked Off won’t they purrlease just Fuck Orff

  24. 33
    PC Pleb says:

    You just wait until that press regulation bill comes in Fawkes, then we’ll fecking have you down the station for a game of hide the truncheon

  25. 41
    Jungly Barry says:

    Can we please refer to “Tom Watson” as “Tommy Watson” or “Fat Tom”?

  26. 44
    The Slog says:

    “Having been tipped off last week about the pulling together of a Government plan to attack bloggers via McAlpinesque legal threats, The Slog received in short order a series of requests from a variety of blogospherists, asking for links to articles about leading politicians to be deleted. Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson were the anti-free speech fanatics most often cited. Now more details of a new Bill to complement that strategy are starting to surface. It isn’t looking pretty.”

    • 267
      Wat Tyler's granny says:

      Have no fear, pitchforks are being sharpened and barrels of gunpowder prepared as we speak.

    • 279
      Anonymous says:

      98% WHITE MERSEYSIDE. You seem obsessed with accusing people of being gay, for some strange reason, i wish you woull stop it as its bl*ody childish.

  27. 45
    Fatty Bully says:

    She was probably vulnerable and the shock of being in the midst of a media storm contributed. Demeaned and humilated on the every hour must have been hard to bear. Poor woman.

    • 92
      Are they guilty of a criminal offence since they did not have the permission of the nurse herself says:

      Precicely and those most responsible for this ongoing relentless humiliation were the media outlets ( BBC, SKY,ITN etc) who repeatedly broadcast extracts from this stunt featuring the voice of the nurse concerned. They have been deflecting criticism ever since but they are art and part.

    • 100
      Anonymous says:

      I agree, its shocking to see the lack of empathy in some posters. Have you noticed how the focus has moved from moronic dj s in Oz to the management of the Hospital ? OZ radio pulling out all the Pr stops !

    • 258
      Anonymous says:

      a royal hospital is a protected environment,
      when the protection goes…

  28. 49
    New Labour, New Libor says:

    Three men are arrested in connection with continuing investigations into the manipulation of the Libor inter-bank lending rate.

  29. 51
    Tom Watson says:

    There is not one tragedy or victim I would not exploit to destroy Murdoch

  30. 52
    Unanswered questions says:

    There IS something suspicious about her death, but it’s not press related. Even if we accepted that she may have been incredibly fragile and felt humiliated, it leaves two questions: would someone with a husband and two children so readily commit suicide? Secondly, all we were told was that she had died of a suspected suicide. Usually, they would say “found hanged” or some other detail. In this case, nothing.

    • 60
      Anonymous says:

      Are you saying there’s a Duke Of Edinburgh connection?

    • 65
      Mornington Crescent says:

      That’s why we have those things called Inquests, you tool. So why don’t you just STFU and wait for the verdict.

    • 67
      Big Fat Momma says:

      Ridiculous. As an Indian she could always go back to the homeland and anonymity.
      Its the hospital, silly.

    • 72
      Fatty Bully says:

      Maybe it was the stress that killed her.

    • 104
      Anonymous says:

      Really stupid comment, could it be that the media have acquired some common sense over this one (belatedly )

    • 147
      'Suicide' watch says:

      The facts are:

      Circumstantial: as you point out, statistically would weight the odds against suicide. However, circumstantial is just that, not proof either way.

      Actual: Police have classified ‘unexplained’ and ‘no foul play’. Meaning, no suicide note found, no obvious sign as to what caused death (eg. Hanging), and no obvious sign of third party involvement at the scene of death.

      She was discovered unconscious, not dead. ‘Unexplained’ classification leaves the way open for full investigation pending outcome of inquest.

      • 203
        Anonymous says:

        If she had died of a heart attack due to the stress would it be any different?

        If she was still alive how many days would they have repeated that recording for?

        How many of her “friends” would have been harassed to find other stories of her trusting nature?

        Where is the line? Or is any individual just fodder for others peoples profit.

        • 244
          'Suicide' watch says:

          If she had died of a heart attack due to the stress would it be any different?
          - Proving heart failure due to stress will be tricky. If it can be proven will need investigation: employer most likely in the frame, unless there was some other factor at play – repeated looping on media unlikely: It is not even known if the individual was even paying attention to the media.

          If she was still alive how many days would they have repeated that recording for?
          - Likely only a couple until the news cycle moved on. Why it was being repeated ad nauseum in the first place is a good separate question. This was not in the public interest.

          How many of her “friends” would have been harassed to find other stories of her trusting nature?
          - That has not happened so irrelevant speculation / question.

          Where is the line? Or is any individual just fodder for others peoples profit.
          - Irrelevant question.

          It should be noted that ‘suicide’ conjecture and ‘stress’ / ‘emotional instability’ circumstantial has been either projected by the media, or supplied to the media for projection by as yet unidentified sources.

          Not sure which outlet first identified suicide, but it was not the police. Death certificate has not been issued yet so at present there is only unexplained death – no suicide.

          Family statements are strongly contrary to the circumstantial so far reported.

  31. 64
    One of my favourite jokes says:

  32. 66
    Riggsy Brown says:

    Agree with Anonymous – `It might be better to wait and see what comes out of the inquest’.

    That said, is anyone really surprised to see the serial-opportunist lard-a$$, Twatson jumping on the band wagon? Him and the other slimy opportunist, Vaz. What an odious pair of c*nts!

  33. 69
    Rab Butler says:

    Even if the tabloid press didn’t contact her (which is hard to credit, knowing how the vultures work), the weight of her actions being reported so massively and so disparagingly must have been a hard burden for her to bear.

    And for one the blame that falls on the royal family is incidental. It could have been any major celebrity being picked on. We still need a republic though.

  34. 73
    George says:

    Watson and Vaz – how bad can it get?

    • 84
      Trinny says:

      If anything ever happens to me, can I request that under no circumstances should Vaz be allowed to offer his support to my family. They will have suffered enough already.

      • 209
        Airey Belvoir says:

        During the Falklands war some military wag produced a card to be kept by squaddies which said
        “In the event of my being hospitalised I have no wish to be visited by the Prime Minister.”

  35. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Is it true that Facebook has been switched off in Northern Ireland?

  36. 78
    Edddd Brrbrralls says:

    I can excuse my ineptitude due to my stammer, Twatson has got no excuse.

    • 152
      Selohesra says:

      Hopeless Balls was let down by his stammer
      Put off by the noisey front bench clamour
      He caused this debt mess
      But refuses to confess
      So lets stave his head in with a hammer

  37. 79
    Tom Logan and Nikki Hollis says:

    We are getting very annoyed by the way The Daily Mash repeatedly quotes us without asking permission or paying us a fee. Surely some one should look into the this?

  38. 81
    Flight leaving in a few hours says:

    Those of you who hate homosexuals, there’s a place on earth where being gay is illegal and punishable by execution.

    Where is this heaven on earth, you ask? This glorious place where faggots get what they deserve under the law?


    Enjoy your stay!

  39. 83
    I don't want to share the same air as Labour voting dogshit in Edinburgh says:

    Poor woman may she RIP.

  40. 85
    Jimmy says:

    He should be ashamed of himself suggesting the tabs would do such a thing.

  41. 87
    Tom Fatso says:

    I will not rest until I find the Tory who is responsible for this woman’s death.

  42. 89
    LBC is a joke says:

    James Max is having a fine old time Christian baiting on LBC: asking them why they oppose the use of their churches by homosexuals for marriage ceremonies and then cutting them off when they answer and ridiculing them when he has turned off their access to the mike. The station really is a disgrace.

    • 103
      Ex-Tory says:

      I’m sure he would be happy to do the same to Imans from Mosques . Wouldn’t he?

      • 116
        Um says:

        Not for long. You can’t work the mike switch when your hands have been severed.

      • 118
        The public are fed up says:

        No. He is a coward. If he behaved like that – interupting people all the time – in many pubs I know of, he’d end up in a bloody pulp in the car park.

    • 120
      Hank the Cat says:

      I may be wrong just aasking, does James Max like a bit of botty

      • 131
        Hank the Cat says:

        Just one more point, If you think Max is bad listen to James O’Brian now that is a tosser

    • 122
      Kreatcherr says:

      Meh!…Xtians have gawd on their side…why should they worry!

    • 134
      Watt Tyler sez says:

      Pure and utter sheeite from the tubby microphone jockey, had to switch off when the content ‘we can afford to pay higher train fares’ was reeled out of his chubby little cheeks.

  43. 91
    Anonymous says:

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  44. 93

    Wonder how many ‘lasts’ I can get? :p

  45. 94
    JH2354735234 says:

    Twatson really is having a disastrous couple of months. Less a bruiser than an opportunistic nob-end, I dearly hope he really slips up soon and the press can get some seeerious payback.

    • 154
      Anonymous says:

      A bit like Balls-up.
      Couldn’t happen to a nastier pair of useless c*nts.

    • 232
      its bleak in sunderland says:

      The idea of watson as a bruiser? he is a lard arse who couldnt knock the skin of a rice pudding!

  46. 106
    50 Calibre says:

    I really hope that nothing happens to Twattie. He’s so full of shit that the slightest event might lead to a dreadful mess everywhere. Just the thought of it…

  47. 110
    Gordon Brown says:

    Nurse! – I’ve lost my marbles! – they were here in my hand – now they feel like they’ve got in my botty!

  48. 116
    Kreatcherr says:

    Worth pointing out that …
    “I don’t think so” is not a complete denial!

    You can bet your libor generated savings that the gutter press was somewhere in the mix.
    That story was just to juicy a meat not to slobber ketchup all over it!
    The media have learnt only one thing from Leveson…not to get caught!

  49. 119
    Odious man says:

    Is there any tragedy Watson won’t use for his own publicity?

    • 208
      Fascist Twatson says:

      No- the greater the tragedy the better.

      Murdered teenage girls, missing tiny children,suicidal nurses.

      As long as it strengthens my campaign to muzzle the press,I’ll use it.

    • 230
      its bleak in sunderland says:

      Only his own tragic life!

  50. 123
    The truth will out says:

    Have H S B C put out a gag order then?!

    • 125
      The truth will out says:

      When they are fined $1.9 billion for money laundering FFS?

      • 132
        Jack says:

        And their Chairman at the time of all of this is a current UK Government Minister?

        He is called “lord” Green…promoted for presiding over the bioggest money lmaundering scandal in history..

        • 165
          Economist says:

          It has been rumored that drug money was the only money meaningfully circulating during the 2008 melt down. Green’s operation arguably ‘saved’ the world economy.

    • 270
      Clare Deloon says:

      Must have. My entry a while back on this disappeared into the wide blue yonder without a trace (after receiving the customary notification from autobotman).

  51. 127
    eagleash says:

    First thought on hearing the tape was that the 2 ladies concerned would be subject to disciplinary action by the Hospital…who now say, there was no intention in this respect. As the poster above says we should not necessarily disbelieve them but it’s unlikely to have gone without some form of internal enquiry at least. Secondly, on hearing the tragic news, what subsequent events or outside factors pushed her to such extreme action. As others have observed, the inquest may reveal, & lets hope it does uncover the full facts.

    • 160
      genghiz the kahn says:

      One of the issues for KE Hospital is what instructions or briefings were given to staff by managers in terms of dealing with enquiries when a member of The Royal Family was being treated?

      It is one thing pointing the finger at the radio station, but what guidance was given to hospital staff?

      • 214
        eagleash says:

        I expect “close family members only” …that would be standard procedure. This particular hospital is very used to dealing with the Royal Family & probably have some differing protocol in place though.

  52. 142
    Ali G interviews Jacob Rees Mogg says:

  53. 144
    Millipede for PM don't make me larf says:

    never let the facts get in the way of a good inquirweeeee

  54. 145
    Leslie Grantham says:

    I told the girls to come and sit in my dirty den.

  55. 146
    Living in London says:

    I have a question posed to me by my wife, who is originally from overseas. She grew up in a communist country and so knows what she is talking about on matters of left wing behaviour and propaganda.

    She asks, which radio station is there in this country which she can listen to for intelligent conversation which is not left-wing and biased?

    I am stumped. Any suggestions?

    • 155
      Anonymous says:

      I’ve started listening to Radio 3 lately.
      And I don’t even like classical music.

      • 159
        Living in London says:

        She quite likes music, but she also wants to learn about British affairs, culture etc.

        • 167
          Tom Watson says:

          Talksport radio used to have some lively debate on it

          • Living in London says:

            She’s not really into sport. There are only so many ways you can listen to someone saying ‘we was robbed’.

          • Living in London says:

            They are currently interviewing a former Sunderland defender about a teams ‘starting games in the second half’, giving themselves a ‘mountain to climb’ and ‘giving themselves too much to do’.

            Each to their own.

        • 168
          Sarah Brown says:

          Gordon listens to gaydar, oh no hang on…………..

        • 188
          Radio Listener says:

          Use the ‘net radio stations. Lausanne FM has a good music mix, FOX and others in the US are not to the left, and you can learn a lot about UK culture and current affairs from them.

        • 193
          Gay BBC producer says:

          British “culture” never existed…awful food, rags as clothes, estates and CHAVs…and, of course, celebrity non-celebrities….

          What remnants there were and any residual values disappeared with the New Labour cluster trash of anything British apart from their thieving, money laundering, buggery, thuggery and skulduggery

          There remain the Red Tops full of tittes and camletoes…but I hope that would not interest her…

          • Living in London says:

            Thank you for your valuable perspective. Oddly enough, as a well-travelled foreigner, she disagrees, even living here in London.

            She comes across British cultura all the time, but not on the BBC. What she is looking for is an unbiased radio station which reflects the culture and affairs of Britain through its content.

          • JH235483523 says:

            IIRC there is a Dennis Quaid film where he has a radio that can hear transmissions from 30 years ago.

            Not sure if they have them in Currys but it sounds like your best bet.

    • 163
      Hank the Cat says:

      Jazz FM great from 10pm onwards

    • 166
      Rupert Murdoch says:

      Fox radio.
      It was set that up to hate everything, including itself.

      • 172
        Living in London says:

        That would be American wouldn’t it? Not really what she is looking for here in London.

        • 271
          Clare Deloon says:

          On my telly after all the picture channels is the set of radio channels which seem to cover most of the options. Have a listen. If unsuccessful I would agree with the suggestion to use the internet radio stations. Lots to choose from so she should find something suitable. Good hunting.

      • 201
        Radio Listener says:

        The wisdom of Fox was revealed by their assessment of Owin Jones.

        They are the antidote to left wing mind control, but may lower IQ with prolonged exposure. Stop treatment once the patient has demanded squirrel for lunch, and has hung up a confederate flag.

        Then you know they are cured of socialism.

        • 206
          Living in London says:

          My wife is far more cured of socialism than most people I have met. Her father, who is still alive, was persecuted by communists.

          • Radio Listener says:

            Then definitely stop listening to mainstream broadcast media here, it will re-infect and likely bring back very bad memories. Especially the BBC at present.

            US National Public Radio, which is not state funded, is somewhat good talk radio and intelligent. This is center-left, but the left aspect is much milder than what is being pumped here. Only reference the north american stations as personally much more interested in international news to find out what the UK is up to that is not being broadcast here.

            It would actually be great if someone could set up a broadcaster which could cater for the audience you are describing though – ie. content non-political or perhaps center right, intelligent talk, balanced news coverage and focused on UK culture and real issues – the state broadcaster is failing dismally in this respect.

    • 186
      The last Christian in Britain says:

      Radio Maria from Poland

      It is excellent…

    • 231
      Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

      Be like me. I haven’t listened to a radio in my own home for about 30 years.

  56. 169
    Breaking News says:

    All you right wing homophobes can rest easy now.

    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced

    In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a “quadruple lock” to protect religious freedom, involving:

    No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises

    Making it unlawful for religious organisations or their ministers to marry same-sex couples unless their organisation’s governing body has expressly opted in to provisions for doing so

    Amending the 2010 Equality Act to ensure no discrimination claim can be brought against religious organisations or individual ministers for refusing to marry a same-sex couple

    The legislation explicitly stating that it will be illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry same-sex couples and that Canon Law, which bans same-sex weddings, will continue to apply

    • 177
      Ladbrokes says:

      Sure. How long will that last? Two years? Three? We should open a book.

      • 205
        Anonymous says:

        So gay Muslims won’t be able to marry in mosques then…

        • 229
          its bleak in sunderland says:

          You and I both know that will never happen more likely to face a death fatwa,this development just show the porcity of Cameron and the present day Conservative Party that they should introduce this legislation which has no mandate and has Bryant let the cat out of the bag today it is just the end of the begining.

          • Clare Deloon says:

            “porcity” would appear to be derived from ‘porcine’ ie piggies, which describe MPs perfectly.

            The word you seek is paucity {which sounds very much like what I live in}.

    • 221
      Dai Bando says:

      The Church in Wales is disestablished. How can the gummint tell them what not to do?

  57. 187
    Living in 99% white North Wales as opposed to 45% white London says:

    all you need to say about modern Britain

    • 233
      Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

      Knowsley, Merseyside is the borough with the highest percentage of Christians in England (and Wales?).

  58. 199
    Anonymous says:

    Twatson is an arse. Why does anyone listen to a word he says?

  59. 202
    I don't nee d no doctor says:


  60. 207
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Polly Toynbee was on the Daily Politics show today. She stated that there was no such thing as a free lunch. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh burst spleen.

  61. 210
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    If the rioters over in northern ireland want to show that they are part of the uk, why don’t they look how many union jacks are hoisted each day here on the mainland.

    • 222
      United Ireland - why not? says:

      Has anyone ever asked us here in Britain whether we actually want Northern Ireland?

      • 228
        Anonymous says:

        I don’t want N.Ireland, Scotland or the EU.
        F**k the lot of them.

      • 234
        Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

        I do because I’m a WASP!

      • 263
        its bleak in sunderland says:

        This religious shyte in Ireland has gone on for centuries most of the Loyalist/Republican troublemakers are chavs on benefits who milk the system to the max at our expense lets have an English Parliament and see if our Celtic friends can survive without us I doubt it.

  62. 226
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    I feel sorry for this woman and her family but it is hard to believe that she was in such a fragile state that a hoax call would have ended up with this tragic consequence.

  63. 261
    I'm Muslim, I'm gay ans I'm proud. says:

    I want to marry my heart-throb Abu Qatada.

  64. 284
    Tom Catesby says:

    The two Aussie dipsticks and their radio station should receive an industrial strength smacking if there was any real justice, but we should be clear what part the press in this country played, if any, on applying pressure on this women. It would also be useful to know what was said to this women by her employers. Hopefully a formal inquest will reveal this,although nobody in the Catesby household is holding their breath. In the meantime, one can only wish for peace for her family. What a shit world we live in!

    • 292
      Kreatcherr says:

      Yep…seems about right.

      The hospital was rumoured to have arranged a board meeting this week!
      Seems that the nurse was gonna be interviewed…one does doubt it was to hear about a pay rise!

      Of course when they made their..’She is getting support’ comment it was probably because they had not actually bollocked her at that time so they could pretend otherwise.
      A private hospital does not like bad publicity…they would have been looking for a scape goat to wipe their eggy faces on.
      Not a word about why a nurse had to answer the phone at 5.30 am!
      A private hospital without a adequate switch board…not looking good!

      As for the radio shock jock company…well…they got a drubbing twice before and retained their broadcast license apparently by the skin of their teeth, all bets are off now cos if the death of a woman, who was the butt of one of their brain dead japes, does not close them down it would be hard to work out what would?

      As for those dozy DJ’s…I don’t know…dumb kids used as a shield by a dubious company and their gaggle of dipwad lawyers I should think!

  65. 287
    TaT says:

    I’d out troll the lot of you.

  66. 288
    Anonymous says:

    they’re supposed to have had permission to broadcast, aren’t they…did they have it? The radio station will lay the blame on whoever they can.
    They DJ’s are stupid ‘n purile. When reality comes a calling it hits ‘em like a flying brick and they’ve done a lot of growing up this week.
    The nurse?…well, she was ashamed at being made to look a fool. Dishonoured in front of her family and colleagues.

  67. 296
    Public Sector Parasite says:

    I think a new campaign should be set up – Hack Off. In order to campaign for the Hacked Off to… Hack Off.

  68. 306
    chas townley says:

    Another guido jump to conclusions on no or little evidence – let’s wait for the Inquest

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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