December 17th, 2012

Mitchell: It Wasn’t Me
Former Chief Whip Considering “Range of Further Actions”

Well that was quick:

“Andrew has made no formal complaint to anyone. He reiterates that the contents of the alleged log book are false.”

“No formal complaint”? Not another dispute over words surely?

UPDATE:

“Andrew has made no complaint, formal or informal to the police. He first learnt of the arrest on Sunday evening. He is considering a range of further actions because, as he has consistently made clear, the content of the alleged Police log is false.”

Sounds like some legal action coming down the line.


146 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He formally quit his job, flushed out and on the run!

    Looks like a few dodgy coppers have been exposed too.

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    • 7
      Amin De Mood says:

      Well a man who hands out money to African dictators would be an expert on corruption.

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      • 27
        Mitch the Pleb says:

        I think that comment deserves a writ for libel. Unfortunately I am not in a position to contest its accuracy.

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        • 116
          British Bullshite Company says:

          That AM fella is a nasty pasty – poor copper, he’s been strung up.

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        • 145
          Plato says:

          When there is so much crime to investigate, I wonder how the Met found time for this one.

          It is still one rule for them………….

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    • 55
      HB Pencil says:

      I don’t like the smell of the Policeman’s log

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    • 88
      TFS says:

      Did I miss something?

      Where we all the security cameras (with sound) which should have picked up this incident?

      Are you really telling me there a none around No.10 or were they broke at the time?

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      • 91
        Anonymous says:

        They were reviewed by Downing Street and accepted as supporting Mitchell’s side of the story. Which is why Cameron kept him on. He almost survived except he did something stupid – shaking his head – in front of the opposition benches. Which set the fire alight again. As far as I’m concerned he did nothing wrong and was hounded out of his job by Labour and the Police Federation, whose fingerprints are all over this. Of course politicians don’t want to come out and accuse the police of lying, but if the Met does it, then the real story can come out.

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        • 94
          Anonymous says:

          Of course it’s going to come out, it’s just a matter of time.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I have always thought that more should have been made of the Polices part in this, i mean basicalyy the chief wip was hounded from his job and the police federation were involved.They are a union, what the Feck did it have to do with them ?i should think investigations have been going on, and the moron who leaked is going to get his !

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  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    And of course a policeman arrested for leaking story, welcome to post leveson world….

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    • 15
      Anonymous says:

      don,t understand.

      what law was broken?
      when it comes to controversies about those in high office….we should wait for the intended consequences to filter through.

      it is now clear that there is us and ‘em. the ,em thinks the rest of us are “plebs”.
      no more significant than amoeba. given that no one is an amoeba apart from amoeba…those in power are mistaken. mistakes can only be corrected when we become aware….hence leveson is wrong.

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  3. 3
    Tachybaptus says:

    If the log book were only an alleged one, its contents would be neither true nor false.

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  4. 4
    Call me Dave says:

    I stand right behind my colleague Andrew Mitchell

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  5. 5
    John Luc Picard says:

    I thought Captains Log was a dump in the khazi

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  6. 8
    Uh? says:

    Why is this blog now in red?

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  7. 10
    Nadine Bush Tucker says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

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  8. 11
    Nick Clegg says:

    Axe rich pensioners

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  9. 12
    John Page says:

    He still hasn’t given us his version of what he said, has he?

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  10. 13
    Penfold says:

    How can the log be false ?

    Isn’t it like PC’s contemporaneous notes………….

    Whoops, yes of course, cooked up in the canteen post ante, to reflect their actions.

    The Met caught yet again in a conspiracy to stitch some poor little bastard up.
    Nice to see that the Met are “true” to “form”

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    • 32
      Hillsborough's Finest says:

      Yes. Us’s notes are true and comtemerppr, contemptab, contemperanus. So there. Anyone who says otherwise will get their colla felt. Get it?

      And, we don’t share anything with the press. Right? Even if they offer us a shag.

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    • 142
      Essexplod says:

      That Andrew Mitchell is well overdue, his script is already written. I’ll teach him to ride a bloody bike.

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  11. 17
    Chris Huhne says:

    I’m free.

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  12. 18
    We want Justice says:

    I think Mitchell and the PC should be made to fight it out publicly with fisticuffs

    Preferably in Parliament Square fir the delight of the people who pay them

    i.e. You and me…

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    • 20
      Call me Dave says:

      Spiffing idea, and as a favour to my mate Rupert we shall put it on Sky Pay per View

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      • 34
        sir boffton toffton mp - what? says:

        perhaps as a light interlude during routine public executions

        as with the olympics this should ‘kick’ start the economy – such will be the interest and entertainment value

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  13. 21
    You righties are so, so bright says:

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    • 22
      You lefties are so stupid says:

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      • 49
        Try again says:

        Actually, redneck inbred hicks are always Republican voting creationists.

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      • 53
        Banjo Boy says:

        As a result of my having been featured in a film, the Discovery Channel has decided to do a “reality series” about me, believing that, considering all the other freakish sorts they do shows on, an autistic savant musician living in the mountains of Tennessee would be a natural. Of course, there’s also my cousins, who hunt down and bugger city-slickers who go white water rafting up our way, if that’s more your cup of tea.

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  14. 23
    P l e b says:

    I would just like to ask this Tory government if the civil list payment to the royal family will be reduced to reflect all of the royal properties where under-occupancy rules would be applicable, as they are funded by the taxpayer as is housing benefit.

    Likewise will this Tory government be cutting second home rate allowances given to MPs if they have more bedrooms than they require for their parliamentary needs? After all, we are all in this together!

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    • 39
      Mine d'Boggles says:

      Bring back the RY Britannia – an invitation to dinner was the world’s most sought-after invitation. Price Charles probably did more for diplomacy and British interests than the shower in the HoC at any time …. oh! I see why certsin residents off-shore wanted to get rid of it (spitefully).

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      • 68
        Labour leftie cockroaches says:

        Labour did away with it. They also did away with the Royal tournament as well. Tells you all you want to know about those cock-roaches on the left.

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    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      will prince charles pay his taxes?
      will he be a role model.
      .
      should those on power have the roles that we should model ourselves on?

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      • 58

        You really have no idea, do you?

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      • 81
        Copy cat - Moi?? says:

        I can think of no-one I know who would relish modelling themselves on Garden Bruin (or anyone else in the HoC either)..

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        • 118
          Anonymous says:

          that is the point.
          why don,t voters list the mistakes of their MP,s.
          and put it in the public domain.
          brief, precise and in a emotional way.

          during the course of the parliament the mp,s have time to rectify. if not vote for someone else…..they may all be the same but there is still individual desire which may come into play.

          the public need to engage.

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    • 80
      Phil says:

      You seem to know a geat deal about second home allowances for a pleb.
      Try Labourlist for a more sympathetic ear.

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    • 109
      Anonymous says:

      you should run that by ed and yvette first !

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  15. 24
    Mad Nads says:

    He’s a liar and I’m not sure about you.

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  16. 25
    I don't like this bright red font says:

    All men are rapists

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  17. 26
    Mike McGee says:

    Technology means less work in the future as society gets more automated – robotic factories, self-service stores, cash cards, ATM machines, automated petrol pumps – cutting out people!

    It should lead to shorter hours and more leisure but under Con-Dem capitalism it brings misery.

    More of us, maybe most of us, could end up unemployed and already there are not enough jobs for everyone.

    Someone forced to work will replace someone keen to. If some choose not to work, others get work.

    Why, then, do more than half of British people disapprove of so-called “skivers?”

    By not working, they accept a lower standard of living than those who are.

    What does society gain by making them work? A pressed man will not work as productively as one who loves to.

    Abolish the outdated stigma against people who do not work. Give them a basic living wage not to work!

    Their benefits benefit everyone economically via the multiplier.

    A basic wage is necessarily spent, is immediately in circulation, provides jobs for others in essential services and supply and an incentive to provide them.

    Instead of driving people to distraction with cruel benefits cuts, why not accept as necessary those who choose to live on state benefits, those who wish to study, to develop an amusement or hobby into a business, to pursue “uneconomic” interests like music, fine arts and crafts, writing, caring and charitable work, co-operating, and so on, besides those whose skills, health, abilities and temperament make them hard to employ?

    Con-Dems boast of giving us choices.

    This gives us real choices, but requires taxation of the filthy rich.

    Millionaires’ media hacks will say it is wrong or impossible. We should ignore them and demand it in exchange for our votes.

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    • 130
      kitler says:

      The quickest way to reduce the welfare bill would be to automate the service and get rid of the 1000s of overpaid little hitlers that staff all the benefits agencies. In order to avoid long term dole claims just make each claim run for a maximum of 3 years in every ten, with soup kitchens in every city to feed the folks too dumb find work when their time is up. And forget taxing the filthy rich to fund anything. You don’t get filthy rich by being stupid and they will always find ways to avoid paying a penny more than they feel they ought to. They have been known to show great philanthropy though, but only during periods when they were left the fuck alone. Apart from in Africa and the Middle East, where they tend to be less, well evolved in such matters.

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  18. 31
    the poor bloody taxpayer says:

    on yer bike!

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  19. 35
    Jimmy says:

    It’s his own fault. If he’d stolen money or lied to the House, Butch would have promoted him instead.

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  20. 36
    The BBC. says:

    Sorry about last night but under current circumstances we could not rig the vote. Normal broadcasts will be resumed when possible.

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  21. 40
    AJ says:

    Mitchell’s replies to your queries are still potentially evasive. He says he has not submitted a ‘complaint’ or a ‘formal complaint’. This still does not mean that he has not contacted them about this, and therefore the action that has been taken against the officer could still be a result of contact from Mithchell, or someone acting on his behalf.

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    • 48
      Sandalista says:

      Or even by someone who once met Mitchell or someone who met someone who had meant Mitchell or …. (expand conspiracy theory as required).

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    • 112
      Anonymous says:

      Surely the Met were curious as to how the story got to the Sun ? i should think thet investigated off their own bat.

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      • 143
        Anonymous says:

        Just to be entirely relaxed over Christmas, if I were the Police Federation, I might want this morning to have a quiet word with the lawyers just to check that their libel and defamation insurance was sufficient to cover every eventual outcome from this case.

        I’m sure all is as it should be, but should it turn out that they have been persistently hounding someone who did not act as they have publicly maintained and whose career they have pursued to the point of ruin and who, moreover has the means, the will, the determination and the clear motive to take them to the cleaners, then I imagine that the consequences would be expected to show up in the annual accounts for a few years to come …

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  22. 42
    Broadwater farms newest beat bobby says:

    I should have just took the bollocking and kept me gob shut

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  23. 46
    Untruths says:

    Looks like the problem here is that lying coppers take on lying MP. Added to that is Coppers’ union in fight with government.

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  24. 50
    Anonymous says:

    It is good to see that they are getting a taste of their own medicine. Falsely, accusing people of certain behaviour so that they can be silenced, was carried out by this government during 2011 on us.

    However, in his case only his reputation is ruined. In our case two lives were ruined, so that the government could cover up that they knew of the problem. They then threaten unspecified legal action when I did open my mouth after the resulting death.

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  25. 52
    Frank Carson says:

    How many muslims does it take to change a lightbulb?

    All 1 billion of them:
    1 imam to declare a fatwa that the lightbulb needs changing;
    250 million muslims across the globe to wave placards saying that the lightbulb needs changing;
    250 million muslims to set fire to candle factories;
    1 sunni imam to declare a fatwa that the new lightbulb needs to be an energy-saving one, as incandescent lightbulbs, with their profligate energy use, are a symbol of the decadent West and therefore satanic;
    1 group of extremist sunnis to blow themselves up in an incandescent lightbulb factory;
    1 shiite imam to declare a fatwa that the new lightbulb needs to be an incandescent one, as energy-saving lightbulbs are a symbol of technological progress and therefore blashemous;
    1 group of extremist shiites to blow themselves up in an energy-saving lightbulb factory;
    250 million sunnis and 250 million shiites to riot with each other in every muslim city in the world over their disagreement over what type of lightbulb to use;
    1 muslim politician to tentatively suggest that, actually, the current lightbulb is working fine;
    1 extremist muslim to assassinate him;
    and 1 ex-Muslim to actually change the lightbulb.

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  26. 62
    From Barry Obama to Keith Vaz says:

    What is it with politicians and tragedies?

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  27. 63
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    FFS leave the bloke alone, the wonderful media and police federation, between them, have fucked up another politician, without proof.
    Too many people with their own agendas.

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  28. 65
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Mitchell’s unproven charge is nothing compared to what Tony Blair actually did. Why not have a go at a real criminal.

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  29. 71
    Legal Eagle says:

    Mitchell is a little all over the place here.

    The police report was published in the Telegraph and even indeed on this site.

    The report stated that the interaction noted in the report was documented in the PNB. There were two officers involved who should be able to impartially corroborate, and a number of members of the public who may yet come forward. The officer may well have recorded some eyewitness contacts in the PNB, which would not necessarily have been placed on the report.

    The police report is confidential so should not have been released this way.

    If money was exchanged this is a very serious offence for the individual involved. Correct procedure for obtaining the details would have been by FOIA. In future leaks should disretely detail only what is required for the FOIA to be drafted gratis, rather than actual documents. This has always been the case just not enforced of late.

    The PNB is court admissible evidence. The police report is not.

    (Which is why the report was leaked and why the PNB has not.)

    The POA case against Mitchell may not be pursued as the leak could be argued to have prejudiced that case against him, however one hopes that this is not the case it is very much in the public interest to prosecute.

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    • 131
      Bluto says:

      Good luck proving intent in Section 4 whether it is in the public interest or not. Mitchell lost his temper and it is doubtful if his incontinent words could be described as deliberately intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress or actually “threatening”.

      “Threat” is not defined in the Act but it is difficult to see how Mitchell’s words could be interpreted as that – except for New Labour party political purposes. Since Mitchell had already used the gate several times that day without hindrance it is unlikely that his demand could be proven to be unwarranted.

      New Labour’s New Police, CPS and “justice” system seem to have conveniently forgotten the need to prove deliberate intent as they go around gleefully trying to bang up anyone who speaks out of turn.

      Much as they might like to imagine it the law is not just what New Labour’s legal junta and their police cronies want it to be.

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  30. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Why wasn`t the media there when the officer was arrested or camped outside the police station waiting to ambush him on his release. And why didn`t the police leak his name. Ah, he was one of their own, not one of “those people” arrested in connection with the Saville inquiry. I never believed the police version of events. It just sounded too good to be true.

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  31. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Did you say rage of complaints?

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  32. 82
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Whatever it is that Mitchell is supposed to have done I am sure he did it .

    If you look at that photo you can just tell he is shifty.

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  33. 89
    Internalcombustionpenguin says:

    I think that if mitchell is so convinced that the officers wrote falsehoods he should complain to the IPCC. At the conclusion he will be at liberty to sue the officers, the whistleblower and the Sun. Let’s see how convinced he actually is!! Alternatively the officers, identifiable to colleagues, could think about suing mitchell for impugning their integrity on TV. In any event it looks like an investigation is now inevitable with, presumably charges to follow.

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  34. 92
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw–
    For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.
    He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:
    For when they reach the scene of crime–Macavity’s not there!

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  35. 93
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Why should the report BE confidential?in the USA they are released on demand

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  36. 95
    Who says:

    ah look. all alone.

    Serendipity.

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  37. 96
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    When he was in school I suspect Mitchell was not to popular.

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  38. 97
    Bluto says:

    The police in this country, from honourably intended beginnings, were utterly corrupted by New Labour in the years 1997-2010. From “the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen” they are now full-time catalysts for political change on behalf of socialist ideology.

    Peel’s principles have been abandoned and the discretion of the constable undermined by top-down ACPO directives, New Labour’s senior police placemen (and women) and the role of the CPS to the extent that they now represent not just the state rather than the public but the very distinctive, authoritarian, politically correct socialist state of New Labour.

    Cameron and Clegg have done nothing to correct this. Not a thing. So it is no surprise that the police should be working full time to bring down the government by any means possible to restore their unhealthy relationship with the same Labour gang now sitting on the opposition front bench.

    “New Labour is nothing less than the political wing of the British people as a whole”.

    And the police are the armed, enforcement wing of that one party state. When Miliband says “one nation” he means “one nation, one party, one leader”.

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    • 99
      Damned Impertinent Questions says:

      “one nation, one party, one leader”

      Surely you mean “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer “

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    • 141
      Essexplod says:

      Large swathes of MetPol were seriously bent way before NuLabour. It went all the way to very near the top.

      Think of Commander Drury and the porn squad.

      Think of the “firm within a firm”

      Think of Sir Robert Mark’s struggle and Operation Countryman.

      Nothing much has changed, it is cultural.

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  39. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Are you suggesting he got someone else tp make the complaint? Shocking!

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  40. 100
    Matthew Robinson says:

    Oh, come on Guido.

    You can’t post a link to the Daily Mail about Huhne’s prosecution being dropped that doesn’t lead anywhere – then mysteriously vanishes from your page.

    Then no further reference whatsoever.

    What’s going on? Surely you haven’t been gagged by Leveson …

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  41. 102
    ANOTHER TROUGHING FAT PIG GETS AWAY WITH IT says:

    “The boy who cried Pleb”

    .
    ““Andrew has made no formal complaint to anyone. He reiterates that the contents of the alleged log book are false.”

    I believe him just like i did last time NOT !

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    • 117
      British Bullshite Company says:

      He’s well known to be a right smarmy shite. Waste of fresh air and rations he is.

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      • 121
        British Bullshite Company says:

        Talking of fresh air, why doesn’t anyone blame the rise of carbon dioxide/CO2 on the seven billion of us here, especially tories that seem to always have their gobs open?

        Just thought I’d share my thoughts…

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    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      I believe him, especially after the federation stuch their oar in.

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  42. 123
    keredybretsa says:

    What do you want? Log book? Don’t know nuffink about that, do I, know what I mean? Where did that little beige envelope come from? Well might know summat now.know what I mean?

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  43. 133
    Don't shoot Brazilians says:

    Plod are going to get their comeuppance on this one. The stated rant always read to me like a chav’s idea of what a “toff” might say in the chav’s wet-dream.

    It seems likely to be a plod lie.

    Plod may think they can get away with deciding who can be in parliament, but they are too stupid to do it properly.

    No police state in the UK.

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  44. 134
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    “likely to be a plod lie”

    Evidence? Letssee the report published and see what it said and wht notes were made at the time

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    • 139
      Don't shoot Brazilians says:

      Evidence? There can be none.

      It will not be possible to prove which notes were contemperaneous.

      It would not be possible to prove which contemperaneous notes were true statements and which were false.

      It is plod against the MP, which is another way of saying it is plod against the voter.

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      • 144
        Anonymous says:

        Except that it might be possible to establish that the notes were written by someone who was not there at the time, a line of investigation being canvassed by the BBC reporting this morning …

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  45. 140
    Jimbo says:

    it wasn’t me

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  46. 146

    Amazing! Its really amazing article, I have got much clear idea about from this article.

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