January 19th, 2013

Achtung Martin Ivens


Date: 19 January 2013 13:36
Subject: Tonight
To: All Sunday Times Users
Dear All,

As you know, this is John's last day as ST editor, so he 
would like to invite anyone who is still here after the 
first edition is put to bed to come by his office and have 
a farewell drink. It's also a chance to celebrate the 
appointment of Martin as the new Obergruppenfuhrer 

Liesl Wickins
PA to John Witherow
Editor, The Sunday Times

Ivens surely isn’t that right-wing…


  1. 1
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    Net spell check was in over drive!

    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      Why do people buy shares in a company that is based on expected profits for the next 30 year, when it hasn’t even got any assets?

      Even when the car CEO drive or the chair CEO sits on are all bought on higher purchase.

      • 21
        Anonymous says:

        I hope so. They buy a technology or an idea that will make money. But that bit takes time and investment, and so they invented shares.

        I have shares in a company that is, in all probability, inside the phone you carry. It took many years to get to that point. The investors now need their return. That is real investment. It is not betting. It is a belief in an idea and a team that can realise the idea. The only thing you needs as an investor is patience.

        This country has lost the ability to invest long term, and it now thinks that loans are how to make companies. Going abroad with an idea is the only way. Sad isn’t it.

        • 23
          D Trump says:

          Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning.
          - The Art of the Deal

      • 27
        Elliot's Carvery says:

        Remind me : what were the assets of that company that was bidding to build the Severn Barrage last year ? Less than £100, wasn’t it ?

      • 43
        Curly says:

        It’s ‘hire purchase’, Dimbo. Layber ejerkashun agen.

      • 50
        Airey Belvoir says:

        ‘higher purchase’ FFS!

    • 32

      Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus, Amatis, Amant

  2. 2
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Is the Times going to cover the huhne cover up?

    “Difficult to believe someone who is gagging the press is innocent. An innocent would want everything to be transparent!!”


    • 3
      Owen Jones says:

      Hi there! You’re an idiot.

    • 5
      English Person says:

      Hopefully we will all keep quiet to avoid giving his counsel an opportunity to state the trial has been prejudiced.

      • 14
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Now let me ‘see’ – If anyone has done their damndest to aid Monsieur ***** to get off of the charges re: Prejudice – don’t all roads lead to the UK’s (so called) ‘free press’ and isn’t it a trick that they use so often to help a politician / fellow / brother or two in distress?

        There is one big question / issue about the use of the ‘contempt of court act’ and that is that it seems to favour erring politicos, legals, media moguls, coppers, hacks and that sort – over the little members of the public – now why would that be?

        If any old Joe Public – has caught out and stood to make monkeys out of the Cops, CPS and a couple of Criminal Court Judges – well wouldn’t that be a thing – for the free press to publish … Or perhaps not!?

  3. 4
    Tachybaptus says:

    How does the Times website manage to be ‘website of the year’ when it’s locked behind a paywall and hardly anyone sees it?

  4. 10
    National Socialist says:

    Have you recently changed your crack supplier, Taffy?

  5. 11
    Owen Jones says:

    You’re a bit of a dick aren’t you?

  6. 12
    Sir William says:

    You’re confusing the German Army with thr NSDAP.

  7. 16
    best team in Europe says:

    Up Ulster!

  8. 20
    Cameron's Campaign Think Tank Ideas says:

    Perhaps there is something to be learned from the big ‘O’:

  9. 22
    WTF says:

    Moment of fame: Searching googling his name brings this article up first.

    Nice work.

  10. 24
    derek goebbels says:

    i’ll be there!

  11. 25
    National SOCIALIST (state control of everything, even life itself) says:

    “Ivens surely isn’t that right-wing…”

    If that’s referring to the “Martin as the new Obergruppenfuhrer (kommissarisch)” comment, you are aware the Nazis were left wing, aren’t you?

  12. 31
    The Downing Street Cuckoo says:

    Good to see that Guido has an advert showing how to send taxpayers’ dosh to India.

    • 34
      Anonymous says:

      hinglish english india have an admirable alternative in sanskrit. they could earn a bob or two exporting it.

  13. 36
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s not just a global market any more, it’s intergalactic. That’s why I’ve outsourced my sanity to the planet Zarmina. It was the prudent thing to do.

  14. 37
    Guest house visitor says:


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