February 26th, 2013

So Long Sky’s Peter Spencer

A remarkably well turned out figure has been conspicuously absent from TV screens recently. Sad news today that Peter Spencer, the flamboyant and eccentric Westminster correspondent for Sky News at weekends, has retired. Guido has fond memories of waiting to go on air and being entertained with a tune on the guitar off camera. Millbank won’t be the same without the bright pink BMW parked outside the studios. A loss!


  1. 1
    Spacker Brown says:

    Yes, sad news. A class act.


    • 30
      Ex-Selohesra says:

      What is point of turning comments off on Brisco thread – we can just be libelous/contempt of court in the thread above or below


      • 37
        A Citizen says:

        I can comment without committing libel, but presumably there is someone who thinks otherwise. Probably a lawyer. Lawyers think they own the law.


        • 39
          Why is Harriet so despised says:

          Like Harriet thinking she owns the wimminhood.
          Poor deluded woman.


          • Bumder says:

            “remarkably well-turned-out figure”
            “bright pink BMW”

            Are you trying to tell us something?


        • 74
          Strauss Can't says:

          I guess the BBC lawyers think its OK to say stuff that Guido hasn’t done yet. notably stating what she’s getting done for.


        • 91
          Anonymous says:

          lawyers….are an officer of the court. the court upholds the law.. court is Appointed by the judciary. the judiciary is owned by the monarch.


    • 94
      Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

      “Millbank won’t be the same without the bright pink BMW parked outside the studios.” Bright pink not another media lovey, my mate wouldn’t even wear a pink tie or shirt but a pink car that makes a statement, I bet he had a lot of limp waves when he drove past


    • 107
      Vicar of Bray says:

      I Liked Peter Spencer. He made boring news sound interesting!

      One of the Old School – not many left, sadly.

      Have a good retirement Peter, unless you come back and take over from David Attenborough!


  2. 2
    A casual observer says:

    Never mind fucking Spencer.

    What’s the latest shit on Vikki?


  3. 3
    Damned if they do.... says:

    Couldnt they just wheel Dave Vanian on to replace him?
    Who’d know the difference?


  4. 4
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.


  5. 5
    Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    Never heard of him. But then I rarely watch Sky News.


  6. 6
    who why what where when says:

    A decent hack who knew his stuff.
    Unlike any at the BBC.


  7. 7
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I like Sophy Ridge


  8. 9
    Gamer Geek says:

    Peter Spencer – A Winner is You!


  9. 11
    Tachybaptus says:

    Millbank won’t be the same …?

    A very practical colour for a car. No one would steal it.


  10. 12

    Vote Tory,you know it makes sense !

    A “complete lack of common sense” in the Department for Transport’s handling of the West Coast Main Line franchise deal will cost taxpayers “£50m at the very least”, MPs have said.

    The cost might be “very much larger”, the Public Accounts Committee warned.

    The committee accused the department of making “fundamental errors” and failing to learn from “previous disasters”.


    • 27
      silly question but.... says:

      anyone paying for this cock-up with their job?


      • 43
        albacore says:

        That’s a bloody silly question, indeed
        Why don’t you, please, try to get up to speed
        The N H S bumped off legions of folks
        Arrests or sackings? Only in sick jokes


      • 45
        An Over-taxed Taxpayer says:

        Yes, but probably not anyone who works as a civil servant


      • 59
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        This is the Common Purpose trained civil service we are talking about. Like the Mid-Staff’s management they will likely be promoted, to manage even bigger disasters.


        • 98
          Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

          It could be Dave’s dynamic staffers, you know the ones that have displaced career civil servants you the on message ones


      • 82
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        But what is so difficult about asking likely bidders a simple question” Would you like to run the railway and if so how much are you prepared to pay us for the privilege?”


      • 110
        Vicar of Bray says:

        Nah! Just a few more peerages.


  11. 13
    Gamer Geek says:

    Sophie Ridge says to Peter Spencer – “all your base are belong to us!”


  12. 15
    Peter Spencer says:

    Oh, just call me a poofter and have done with it. You’ve as much as done already.


  13. 17
    William Hartnell & John Pertwee says:

    He was a biased lefty effete tosser! Good riddance! The new regeneration played by Sophy Ridge is much better!


  14. 18
    Censorship on this blog! says:

    WTF! The thread above now has “comments off”!


    • 19
      Plato says:

      Who needs Leveson?


    • 24
      Casual Observer says:

      Probably a contempt notice received, or someone woke up and realized that allowing commenting on active cases is a no no.


      • 49
        Bemused in this day and age says:

        Which, to be fair, it often is, though as the jury is told not to go on line and look up what people are saying, I am not quite clear why. Maybe it is to stop witnesses knowing what someone else said the day before.


      • 76
        albacore says:

        If it’s active, it ain’t arf going slow
        Still, as it’s a judge, it’s mind how you go
        Once the judiciary starts looking crooked
        The whole state edifice is real up the creek without a paddle


    • 25
      Casual Observer says:

      Br!scoe would not say that.

      You are confusing her with Abb0t.


  15. 22
    Seg Royale says:

    Any news of Max Clifford ?


    • 46
      I gotta lotta secrets says:

      Kerry Katona is my agent now. You need to speak to her. True, you won’t understand a word that she says, but that’s how I like it at present.

      James. the Roller please.


  16. 29
    Owin Jones says:

    More questions about Maria Hutchings’s CV and companies she works for http://bit.ly/Xz9Ub9

    You just can’t trust a Tory.


    • 52
      Anonymous says:

      I like the story on the side: “What happens to people on death-row later found innocent?”

      Experts: We could all do without them. What we need is experience.


  17. 32
    George says:

    Sadl to see him go he was succint and generally accurate and also entertaining.

    Have a great retirement.


  18. 36
    Paniagua Dos says:

    I have never heard as much claptrap in my life


    So now I am going to be paid to use my credit card.

    Is this Labour policy yet?


    • 54
      SP4BS says:

      So you didn’t get to the end of the article.
      I’m guessing you don’t actually have a credit card with an 0.5% APR, do you now?

      I’ll ask my own daft question – what is the central bank rate for anyway?


  19. 38
    a supporter of UKIP.ORG says:

    Looks like a GF typo in the header for this report,as it should read

    “Millbank will not be the same…. etc” ………..makes more sense IMHO…….


  20. 40
    Owin Jones says:

    Sod it, let’s follow the Italians’ lead. Guido Fawkes and his mate with the unkempt hair to run the country. Two comedians who’d sort it all out


  21. 47
    Que? says:

    Why aren’t we allowed to make comments about Constants Brisket but we can about Pryce and Huhne?


  22. 51
    Gordon Brown says:

    Will you all miss me when I’m retired?


    • 73
      Member of Ju*dge Jefferies Fan Club says:

      Hung, Drawn & Quartered……….would be even better for most people of this

      country you have defecated on over many years, along with your ZanuLielabor

      ars*eholes who have ruined our country & now continued by Call Me DDD &

      his blue labor bu*m boys ……..

      the lot of you need to be brought to account…..sooner rather than later


  23. 53
    Nick Clegg says:

    It was only a tiny, tiny, tiny lie.
    Honest it was.


  24. 55
    Juror says:

    diss tryl be well borringg. i want playy on me xboxx. who is dis mr pryce anyway? wot doz evidens meen? Can I has kfc 4 lunsh? I like kfc. Wot is risonable dowt?


  25. 63
    This must cause some cognitive dissonance amongst the racists here says:

    Constants Brisket has spoken in the past of her admiration for Mrs Thatcher, and during an appearance on Question Time she condemned Labour and praised the Tories.


  26. 65
    Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

    Time perhaps to have a pool of responsible people able to sit as jurors, of course they would have to be indigenous and educated citizens, CRB checked :)

    Pay ‘em for their time and expenses, no doubt there will be a few more shouts of “Guilty” :)

    The system we have today did not foresee the change we have in society, courtesy of the EC, EEC, EU and Labour.


    • 78
      Bardirect says:

      Quite right too, get them used to believing anything the Police say, incredulous to anything to the contrary and we’ll soon have a 99% conviction rate.

      Let’s call them Magistrates


    • 79
      The Usher says:

      The concept of the jury is a sound one, but it is predicated on the assumption that there is an informed, aware and educated (the requirement needed is no more than let’s say a 1960s Secondary Modern School) body of citizens that have inculcated as part of their formative early life the basics concepts of right and wrong based on evidence that can be presented in an argument. This really is not about class in the sense it might appear, I have sworn in many juries made up of what was once called the working classes. Once the procedure of the court was explained they engaged fully with the case with pertinent questions and took their responsibility seriously. This is the difference with juries now society is far too fragmented and the rise of the cult of individual entitlement has further undermined it. When I left the profession 12 years ago the rot was well and truly set in. I fear our rulers would prefer juries to vanish and if they succeed then another part of democratic citizenship will go with it.


      • 90
        Briton says:

        If I’m tried I want it to be by a jury of my peers.
        My peers are white middle class educated people, not benefits scroungers or people who come from stone-age communities.


  27. 67
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Things got “Ugly” real fast, one presumes.
    Guido couldn’t possibly comment. No, I mean it literally (well, maybe not THAT literally)– he’s probably being “gagged by proxy,” i.e., WE are not being allowed to “fill in the blanks” that he will leave for us, as to what the details may be.


  28. 69
    ASICS Gel Kayano 18 says:

    Have you got them in a size 10


  29. 77
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Is there an angle in this story for me to exploit?


  30. 92
    HenryV says:

    I shall miss Mr Spencer.


  31. 101
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Knew his Shakespeare. Gutted.


  32. 105
    Tosspot says:

    We are running out of Characters, sometimes he could brighten an otherwise, dull day and few can.


  33. 106
    VulgarDisplayOfPower says:

    Some on this thread have slyly (or not so slyly) suggested that Peter is gay, but I believe he isn’t. He appeared in a C4 documentary a few years back about non-gay men who nonetheless embrace a ‘camp’ lifestyle. He was referred to in the documentary as ‘Pink Peter’, IIRC.

    Very sad to see him go. Now all we’ve got is Boulton and Ridge. Not that I’m really complaining, though. Is John Craig still around? Feel like I haven’t seen him in a while.

    Fun fact: Peter Spencer has a ponytail.


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