March 5th, 2013

Hacked Off Run Out of Friends

It’s all gone pear-shaped for the Leveson-loving press freedom bashers over at Hacked Off. Hijacking the Libel Reform Bill with Labour media luvvy Lord Puttnam to force through Brian’s bonkers proposals has gone down pretty badly with some old friends and supporters. Legal blogger and former Hacked Off fan David Allen Green isn’t impressed:

“As Leveson supporter (and witness), am sorely disappointed that Hacked Off are now misusing and frustrating crucial Libel Reform Bill. What right do the Hacked Off campaigners have to misuse and frustrate the essential Libel Reform bill? None at all, whatsoever. I was behind the Hacked Off supporters until they wrongly hijacked the Libel Reform Bill. Just so selfish, misconceived, and illiberal.”

He’s not the only one:

Guido was warning you these people were evil long before it was fashionable. 


  1. 1
    WVM says:


  2. 2
    Penfold says:

    Are they being progressive in the hi-jacking? if they are then it’s allright.

    What does 38 Degrees say?

    What does Common Purpose think?

    We should be told…………………………..

  3. 3
    Sir William Wade says:

    Of course Hacked Off and its rich lawyers want to sabotage libel reform.

  4. 4

    And very insightful.

    This is a cake and a pickle.

  5. 5
    Owin Jones says:

    05/03/2013 at 12.45 pm – We are currently experiencing intermittent blogging issues with Owen Jones and are working to resolve the situation. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  6. 6
    Huge Grunt says:

    Well blow me

  7. 7

    To clarify, because these are muddy waters, how have Hacked Off ‘misused’ and ‘frustrated’ the bill?

  8. 8
    pie says:

    This is a shame… I have lost all faith in Hacked Off

  9. 9
  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Please don’t try to hard to resolve the situation.

  11. 11
    Peter Duncan says:

    Thanks for the warning Gweeds.

    We’d have never worked it out for ourselves. We needed a man of your intellect and waistline to show us the Truth.

    You arrogant twat.

  12. 12
    CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

    “What does 38 Degrees say? What does Common Purpose think?”
    A bit of a tautology.

  13. 13

    Or even, at all. Just sit and listen to the little birdies singing. For ever.

  14. 14
    CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

    Time for thicker foil on your millinery.

  15. 15
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    WVM = first twat.

  16. 16
    Mad Max says:

    I wish someone would hack me off!

  17. 17
    FIGHT - Left on Left? says:

  18. 18
    Owin Jones says:

    I got into a black taxi in Birmingham last weekend and told the driver that I was going to London.

    He said, “That’s going to be about £400.” which I thought was quite reasonable, until I saw a sign in the back saying ‘I Will Charge You £60 If You’re Sick In The Back!’

    So I shoved my fingers down my throat.

  19. 19
    Call me Dave says:

    All these arguments should be heard in a secret court.

  20. 20
    An NHS Patient says:

    Why do people like this make me puke?

  21. 21

    There is an awefull smell of Troll in here – has anyone called for the exterminators?

  22. 22
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Toynbee twat.

  23. 23
    CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

    Opacity is Transparency
    Censorship is Openness.
    Regulation is freedom.

  24. 24
    Sir William Wade says:

    The Bill was designed for one purpose only, to provide a defence of reasonable comment on matters of public interest for those accused of libel. It would prevent, for instance, the silencing of scientific debate that might harm an organisation’s commercial interests. It would not assist purveyors of celebrity gossip because ‘publicc interest’ is different from ‘of interest to the public’.

    Lord Puttnam and his pals have tacked on some of the Leveson propsals, quite irrelevantly and opportunistically. Their purpose may be to sabotage the Bill, because it now requires further debate in the Commons which the Government, never over-enthusiastic about free discussion, may decide is unavailable.

  25. 25
    Lord Shhhhhussshhhhhh says:

    Seen, but not heard, children. Seen, but not heard.

  26. 26
    Paniagua Solo says:

    Like most bacteria they are spread by touching something already infected like a first class aircraft seat between Italy and the UK, or a bottle of very expensive Prosecco

  27. 27
    Andy Burnham says:

    In my opinion Sir David Nicholson should resign, and be the scapegoat for me and Alan Johnson. It’s so obvious Nicholson is being extremely economical with the truth.

  28. 28
    Ken Clarke says:

    Or even seen. Ever again

  29. 29
    Mandy Mandelson says:

    I need to know – how large?

  30. 30
    A Puppy says:

    Who are you?

  31. 31
    Trafigura says:


  32. 32
    D Wing says:

    Mascara is not allowed in here. Join the nonces.

  33. 33
    Huge Grunt says:

    Looks just like a pen1s only smaller

  34. 34
    Lord Cashpoint says:


  35. 35
    Pervy Priest says:

    Let me see.

  36. 36
    they don't like it up 'em says:

    The BBC too afraid of the Government???
    She’s finally lost the plot completely.

  37. 37
    Reader says:

    Guido, I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but your blog is becoming a tad dull these days. Do you save the interesting stuff to sell elsewhere?

  38. 38
    the PBT says:

    is a translation into english of the above-quoted gibberish available?

  39. 39
    golli says:

    ‘Common Purpose’ – stamped all over their writs.

  40. 40
    Jimmy says:

    True. judging from last night’s vote most of those “libertarian” tories we see continually praised here have disappeared already.

  41. 41
    Define Lunchtime says:

  42. 42
    50 Calibre says:

    Leveson? What was that all about then? Did I miss something?

  43. 43
    Pryce Jury Mk II says:

    Errr. Wot duz gilty mean Mr Judge?

  44. 44
    Gerry Mandering says:


  45. 45
    Bushy Park says:

    Must ‘of’ left it on a train.

  46. 46
    Libdems are pathetic says:

    @12 Fuck off you bigoted piece of shit

  47. 47
    Bushy Park says:

    Only the bullseye. Most unlike you….

  48. 48
    Divine Brown says:

    Clear off, Pervy Priest, this is a job for a professional.

  49. 49
    Hooker Watch says:

    About 4 mins Divine speaks of her whacked off experience, worth a listen:

    The Huge Grunt of moral authority told the cop immediately that he had given her $, blabbing etc. ‘What a fool’. Oh, and he apparently has a small knob.

    This radio show has an audience > 10m in the states.

  50. 50
    Flipper says:

    Feck off you twats. I am not common.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    The silly Mick signs to Rupert’s tune now. He’s just another slave now.

  52. 52
    Parasite says:

    Evan Harris is a slimy you-know-what, pretending he has the best interest of the rest of us gentle folk at heart

  53. 53
    The Luxembourg Jury says:

    Monsieur Huhne: Douze Points

  54. 54
    David Allone. says:

    Clear off! Scroungers!

  55. 55
    David Sue. says:


  56. 56
    Dave Cam the rare'un says:

    They will be fighting an uphill battle anyway, nowt to do with Guido, simply there are too many lawyers who make a very nice income out of libel cases especialy all those lovely foreigners, know what I mean?

  57. 57
    Dave Cam the rare'un says:

    Bet it’s 8illy

  58. 58

    It is all a Hucking bore if you get my drift. What are these geezers fighting for freedom of speech up to a point x but NOT the point of no return. The web is there for all of us to read…and comment upon as each individual sees fit. Presumably these and like thinking geezers want to put a stop to all the ‘free thoughts’ flying through space. The only censorship is self-censorship.

  59. 59
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:


  60. 60
    Mr Slater says:

    Imagine a dazzlingly plumaged Psittacene, squawking in a human’s face, forever … Wonderful!

  61. 61

    I see, sort of. Certainly, when Baroness Scotland was defending this on The World At 1, she didn’t sound at all convincing. Too much of that unctuous ‘I can’t see *why* the Prime Minister would have a problem with this’, in the face of clear challenges from the interviewer that Cameron would have a very *big* problem with it. Political infighting/opportunism gets in the way again?

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