December 12th, 2012

Craig Oliver Also Threatened Telegraph Over Miller

The second government aide who threatened the Telegraph over the Maria Miller expenses story has been named as No10 director of communications Craig Oliver:

“In a phone call to the editor of this newspaper, Craig Oliver indicated that the article may be poorly timed as “she [Maria Miller] is looking at Leveson at the moment”…It can now be disclosed that after the contacts between Mrs Miller’s adviser and the newspaper, Mr Oliver phoned Tony Gallagher, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, last Friday morning. He said that Mrs Miller was “very distressed” about her family being questioned over her expense claims. The Downing Street communications director said that the Cabinet Minister, who is currently overseeing negotiations over a new system of press regulation, was considering making a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission. He then raised the fact that Mrs Miller was leading the Government’s response to the Leveson report which recommended statutory press regulation.”

It’s not the first time that Craig’s cack-handed media manipulation has emerged. See below for a classic example of a Craig Oliver bollocking:


  1. 1
    Hank the Cat says:



  2. 2
    Chutney Monkey says:

    Dave is still a lefty twat


  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    I hope those that support Leveson now see how sate regulation could be used.


    • 15
      Hargeret Modge Labour MP and Aggressive Tax Avoiding Hypocrite says:

      Exactly and Craig Oliver is basically saying to the Torygraph…”Do you know who I am”? Government in the style of Al Capone. Thanks Leveson you twat.


      • 16
        Alexsandr says:

        a twat that is hiding in australia instead of taking the music.


      • 40
        Fishy says:

        …”Do you know who I am”? …

        Yes but the Tories are nowhere near as skilled in these manipulative arts as Mandy and Tony were.

        Mandy would start by shredding some unfortunate BBC reporter, then work his way up, tier by tier, until he got to the DG’s desk, where he invariably got his way.


  4. 4
    Diane Abbott says:

    YOU try staying awake after a bucket o’ rice and pea.


  5. 6
    Hank the Cat says:

    This the reason that politicians should never,never be allowed to have any control of the media, this is happening before any decision has been made about leveson. Imagine afterwards


  6. 7
    Hugh Janus says:

    This government specialises in incompetence and stupidity. It’s the only things they are good at, the rest is a total shambles.


  7. 8
    Hank the Cat says:

    I hope the telelgraph told them to take a flying phuck at a rolling doughnut


  8. 9
    Smoot says:

    Compulsory ! You don’t want to know what it’s like in our correction camps now, do you?


  9. 10
    No10 SpAd says:

    We’re the most professional political operators on the planet. Why, some of us have been out of kindergarten for almost 6 months…..


  10. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Hilarious how these allegedly intelligent f*ckwits think that they can “subtly” threaten journalists (which is kind of like having a “subtle” car crash) and that’ll be the end of it. Morons!


    • 13
      SpAd says:

      They come out of Uni with a crap degree and a box-set of “The West Wing” and consider themselves to be slick Machiavellian political operators.

      It’s quite sad really.


    • 20
      Alistair says:

      I’m sure I was always very mild and subtle.


  11. 14
    Rupert my Hero says:


  12. 18
    Jimmy says:

    They never got that kind of lip from (unt.


  13. 19
    Kim Ill mong says:

    North Koreans have natural rythm
    Far better than PSY or indeed anybody in the south


  14. 21
    Johnny says says:

    The government has already signaled it is against state or statutory regulation and are doing their utmost to demonstrate why!


  15. 22
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Just nut the count


  16. 23
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Cameron and his Ministers only hire cack handed amateurs.

    Snobs & posh boys & girls only need apply – no real life experience or basic common sense required.

    These threats show a sense of entitlement & elitism.

    The Spectator is the only paper that will be worth reading after these Putin-esque regime of press strangulation comes in.


    Miller should resign.

    Hindley should be sacked.

    Oliver should be left in place for the comedy value.


  17. 24

    Such arrogance! The attitude and facts of the issue perfectly illustrate how wrong and dangerous Leveson is. Low grade politiciand such as Miller would abuse their power to stifle our freedoms.


  18. 30
    Jimmy says:

    Oliver’s gaffe will of course make it far more difficult for Butch to implement Leveson, which of course he was so desperately keen to do. You can imagine how cross he must be.


  19. 35
    Johnny Norfolk says:

    Just the sort of person you would expect Cameron to have along side him. Boy do we need a free press.


  20. 39
    fitzfitz says:

    … podgy, gum chewing, slack jawed : guttersnipe personified .


  21. 42
    Carter Smünt says:

    Is Leveson a Kenite Tare?


  22. 43
    Cropper Punts says:

    Is Leveson a Kenite Tare?


  23. 44
    The savant9.0 says:

    Firstly i think craig oliver is a submissive wanker for letting himself be subjugated in that way by an unctuous upstart .

    Secondly let oliver have the cojones to try that line on me ….

    I d put him over my knee the wrong way up and snap his freaking back .


  24. 47
    Dougie says:

    I have to say I think Guido et al have taken the wrong view on this. IMHO Oliver was quite right: “Craig Oliver indicated that the article may be poorly timed as “she [Maria Miller] is looking at Leveson at the moment”. The article was very poorly timed. Oliver is saying, in effect, “It’s only two weeks since Leveson castigated the press for unacceptable behaviour and here you are, at it again, door-stepping Miller’s elderly parents”.

    It’s laughable to suggest that Hindley or Oliver were “threatening” the Telegraph. What concrete threat could they offer? “Back off or we’ll legislate?” Just not credible.

    On the other hand, conspiracy theorists might like to ponder on whether the Telegraph was threatening the Government by saying “If you try and legislate, there will be much more of this”.


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