December 12th, 2012

Leveson All in a Muddle Down Under

Leveson has been speaking in Oz this morning. The man who only realised half way through his own inquiry that most journalists did not write their own headlines, has been dispensing some more pearls of wisdom about newspapers. Apparently bloggers are to blame for the drop in media standards and ethics, as it is making  hacks have to work harder and “undermine media standards through encouraging them to adopt a casual approach to the law”. Yes, it’s all those pesky bloggers fault that the News of the World hacked phones…

Most print hacks, especially in Westminster, are already are bloggers and tweeters. Leveson should have looked at the level of content produced on websites and on Twitter compared to what actually makes it into to print. The ‘can’t beat, so join them’ horse has already bolted.

Leveson’s attempts to shut the stable door through statutory regulation is looking increasingly absurd.


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Leveson would have been behind the times 20 years ago, the establishment are always behind the curve.

  2. 2
    Ben Fellows says:

    Has Cuddly Ken been nicked yet ?

  3. 3
    marge says:

    “Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

    Governments have increased house prices and rents, made it so that 1 manual job cannot support a family, watched people have less kids and claimed we need immigration to increase the numbers.

    Whether you think it’s good or bad, what has happened to the English in England is genocide by the strictest definition.

  4. 4
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    We have seen what Leveson means to a free press – it Putinifys it.

    Before it has even begun we have that brainless bint Hindley threatening the Telegraph if they printed the truth about Minister Miller – she who thinks it acceptable to take £90K of taxpayers money as legitimate expenses.

    We are no longer shocked when the Millers of Parliament do not resign – but I am shocked that she would use Leveson so early on to shut the free press up.

  5. 5
    Jimmy says:

    Bloggers involved with hacking? The very idea!

  6. 6
    Serious Questions says:

    Bloody hell you managed to post a reply 5 full minutes BEFORE the post went live. You are an order-order employee and I claim my 5 free visits to other bog sites

  7. 7
    Susanna says:

    Remind us again how much the honourable judge is making in Australia? – & would anyone really give a heap of beans for him if he had not led this inquiry?

    Surely, the money he is trousering in Australia should in part belong to the taxpayer here in GB?

    The judge has been paid for his work as a “judge” & should not further financially benefit from his work on behalf of the taxpayer.

  8. 8
    Don’t call ‘Dave’ a Cunt! Cunt’s are adored by normal men and revered by normal women says:

    ‘Dave’ is two-faced, lying, cheating, nauseating, metropolitan arse-wipe who deserves to be buried up to his neck in a good old country shit heap.

    Lev the High-Grade over-paid Lunatic is ‘Dave’s’ stool pigeon, worthy of being chosen by an Oxfud Toff with a useless bit of paper marked PPE.

  9. 9
    cutlery says:

    Knaves and Fawkes?

  10. 10
    Red Top says:

    We just cannot wait for the gummint to bring in the new email snooping law. One big database slurp slurp. We would hack it but we will just wait for some civil servant to leave a USB stick on the train.

  11. 11
    Susanna says:

    Luke? Is that you?

  12. 12
    Green Witch Time Zone says:

    You are behind the times – or he’s in front.

  13. 13
    Fred says:


  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Nicked for what? Being a Big Tobacco supporter & long-time Director & Health Minister is not a crime. Jimmy Savile being given the keys to Broadmoor while Ken was Health Minister? Can’t nick Ken for that! Can’t nick Ken for being named in the ‘Cash for Comment’ scandal. Can’t nick him for groping Ben Fellows as he has informed us he has never met Ben, and even though you didn’t ask, he wants you to know, he is ‘firmly’ heterosexual and will sue anyone who infers otherwise.

  15. 15
    Not surprised says:

    Most print journalism seems to be rehashed Twitter quotes anyway. A friend of mine said she didn’t use Twitter because it was “for celebs.” Think she misinterpreted lazy journos trawling Twitter for useful quotes.

    Take the example of the major pile up on the M6 the other day. One person died and there was traffic chaos as the motorway was shut. My local rag ran with a tweet from Michael Owen about being in a traffic jam.

  16. 16
    Prince Charlie says:

    Hacking into people’s phone messages was against the law anyway…what was pitiful was that only a few “hacks” were prosecuted of a crime that seems to have been rife within the print industry.

    What’s the point of having these laws if they are not prosecuted against when transgressed by the meeja?

  17. 17
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘Yes, it’s all those pesky bloggers fault that the News of the World hacked phones…’

    And thanks to the unique way OFCOM is in oversight, Newsnight/McAlpine/28gate couldn’t have happened at the BBC either.

    It’s in the Pollard Report due… er… well, soon… ish) … maybe… next year? Well the non-redacated, FoI-lawyered up bits.

    Ask “what can we do about Maria”, as the BBC seem loathe to get too interested in where their relationship with state control in certain media may lead.

  18. 18
    M says:

    The secret services have long believed that Guido’s comments section is being manipulated by people wearing tinfoil hats. One day we will have the proof.

  19. 19 says:

    “North Korea defies warnings in rocket launch success”

    How can it be a success? It didn’t land on Downing Street

  20. 20
    Plod says:

    Can’t we just nick him for being annoying?

  21. 21
    So says:


    The level of grammatical error in your posts is shocking.

    Please engage a subeditor.

  22. 22
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Daily Politics – Ummuna – Arrogant twat.

  23. 23
    Mr Speaker says:

    I’m 9″ and uncut

  24. 24
    Chutney Monkey says:

    Levsion should have paid more attention at school

    The Law is an abstract fiction placed on society, only dimwits think regulation is th answer to everything

  25. 25
    Mr Speaker says:

    Sorry I meant 4ft 9″

  26. 26
    Well said that man. says:

  27. 27
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Just what did labour do in 13 years of government? Pat Finucane? Labour knows no hypocrisy, unbelievable.

  28. 28
    Matron Miller says:

    Cameron junior and Osborne have just informed me that you are bullying Ken. You will cease this disgraceful behaviour at once. Matron must be obeyed.

  29. 29
    Matron Miller says:

    Then report to Matron immediately and she will put that right.

  30. 30
    Ethel says:

    Tell me again how much Leveson got paid, and for what ??

  31. 31
    None of the above V2 says:

    They also upset hundreds of beauticians in London by doing Brazilians for nothing on the underground.

  32. 32
    Hank the Cat says:

    Nice one Nigel the perfect reply

  33. 33
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    If Ummuna sat in a meeting in private business, and interrupted arrogantly again and again, he would get a smack in the gob.
    On the Daily Politics he showed himself for what he is, a twat.

  34. 34
    Meanwhile says:

    Big decline in UK unemployment

    What a strange headline for the BBC to herald a large drop in people out of work.
    Almost as if they don’t want to believe it.

  35. 35
    Labour...filth...just filth says:

    just like the borrowing figures the other day…if the actual numbers don’t fit their current narrative … rubbish the stats or the messenger .. its labour’s way

  36. 36
    Grimy Miner says:

    and surely Hunt instead of “uncut”?

  37. 37
    Grimy Miner says:

    Wowser – perfect come back

  38. 38
    Honk your Horn if you agree says:

    Honk Honk

  39. 39
    Leveson Insider says:

    Hasn’t he turned your allegations round on you yet ?

  40. 40
    kinnochio says:

    When are the liberal elite ever going to catch up?

    The fact that Leveson didn’t know how journalists actually work speaks volumes.

    I’m sure when were ruled by aristocrats they made more attempt to understand reality.

    Our current rulers seem to believe in Divine Right, or rather Divine Left. Their Manifest Destiny is to lead us to the Socialism that in our ignorance we would reject if offered a choice.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    More and more pseudo “legislators” are trying to get their grubby corrupt hands on our freedoms of speech. BUTT OUT, nobody wants you.

  42. 42
    Guidos Missing Editor says:

    ‘Most print hacks, especially in Westminster, are already are bloggers and tweeters.’

    Thankfully they can also write sensible sentences wot wiv proper grammar

  43. 43
    Party Watcher says:

    How many votes can a statement like that win ? Many.

  44. 44
    Guidos Missing Editor says:

    It would appear most of The Daily Mails output is written by Simon Cowell and has staff these days .The ability to cut and paste is a major requirement when looking for a job there.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    No it’s not, the one-trick pony hasn’t answered the question. He is just as slippery as the rest of the dregs.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Just wondering: Why shouldn’t N.Korea launch rockets and WTF has it got to do with us anyway?

  47. 47
    marge says:

    he answered – he believes in climate change – but not necessarily human caused – which is actually the scientific consensus

  48. 48
    Postie tostie says:

    or for wearing suede brothel creepers?

  49. 49
    Postie tostie says:

    ‘on behalf of the taxpayer’? You need to take more water with it Ducks.

  50. 50
    Postie tostie says:

    hidden in the midden??

  51. 51
    Curly from Camden says:

    Regrettably many scientists are easily bought as most rely on grants of some sort to survive – and are thus untrustworthy. Have you seen pics of the amount of pollution being belched into the skies by China and India? That’s why I refuse to give up my very comfortable gas-guzzler.

    PS” Cameron is using the wrong Al Gore ithm

  52. 52
    Curly from Camden says:

    Just another poor little rich boy spending daddy’s hard-earned.

  53. 53
    fitzfitz says:

    Mediocrity personified : Leveson .

  54. 54
    Mark Wouters says:

    Hi there ,
    Yesterday i travelled to Suderland to buy a raleigh folding bike and National express driver at sunderland @ 14.30 Would not allow me to bring my Bicycle back to Leeds on the coach ,i only saw about 4 or 5 people on the coach and he never even opened the Luggage compartment doors,it cost me £38.00 to come back on the train ,and even they Messed me about so much at Newcastle train station ticketing offices its Unreal.
    I want National express to refund me my Return coach fare of about £19.00 and the train fare of £38.00 and i want an appology.
    The Bike is old and clean it would not have caused damage or dirtied the Coaches luggage compartment ,i chose a tuesday so it would be non buisy,and national express do this to me,DONT USE NATIONAL EXPRESS THEYRE A DOGSMESS!

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