March 16th, 2013

Hacked Off’s Blackmail Letter to Miliband

hughThe papers are reporting this morning that Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameorn were on the verge of agreement until Hugh Grant’s Hacked Off campaign lobbied Labour aggressively. This is the draft press release brandished by Hacked Off to put the wind up Ed Miliband if he went ahead with the deal:

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hughThe language is ridiculous, Hugh Grant is a victim of his own making, calling on the Queen not to carry out her constitutional duty because he doesn’t want his picture in the papers any more is frankly comical. Hacked Off is a bunch of celebs who have been caught with their pants down hiding behind the genuine suffering of the McCanns and the Dowlers who were victims of real crimes which the police are already pursuing. Hacked Off won’t say who funds them, they are self-appointed and they are secretive with a sinister agenda to protect the rich and powerful from the prying eyes of the public.

Guido is opposed to all the proposals to control the press including the government’s misguided plan to enforce extra-territorial control of publications. We won’t be cooperating with any legislation that tries to control a foreign publication like this blog because it is, in the words of the Charter, “targeted primarily at an audience in the United Kingdom”. Imagine if the Soviets had tried to do the same to Radio Free Europe during the Cold War, or the Iranian regime demanded today to regulate the BBC’s Persian Service on the grounds that it is “targeted primarily at an audience in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Guido reminded Brian Leveson when he was giving his evidence that under the obligations of Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights as agreed by Britain in 1948

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

That is more important than preventing the paparazzi taking pictures of Hugh Grant on a bad hair day…


512 Comments

  1. 1
    What a plonker says:

    Hugh Grant is a has been actor who was caught with his trousers down.

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    • 14
      Vince Cable says:

      If Hugh Grant wants to be forgotten then he is welcome to join the LibDems.

      Hugh who?

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      • 93
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        If the MPs get away with this then it will be up to us on the internet to attack them all the time, every minute of every day, libel them slander them raise questions about anything. They must not be allowed to lie and steal from us ever again. Can you trust an MP not to?

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        • 97
          Lord Justice Pickles says:

          We need a written constitution with a first amendment that says:

          “Parliament shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

          Free speech for all.
          No need for Leveson.

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          • Aydodge E. Scheisster QC says:

            Nice touch there, reproducing the US Constitution word-for-word, just mutatis mutandis “Parliament” for “Congress.” What you’re going to need is a Constitution unlike the present one; you need a Constitution which, by its own terms, is not subject to amendment merely by last-in-time legislation, but provides for a cumbersome process in doing so (there being no exact analogue to ratification by State legislatures, referenda needing to pass by some supermajority after having been placed on the ballot by some parliamentary supermajority may be the way, a method used in some US states). A Constitution which will, by its own terms, be self-executed upon Royal Assent. A Constitution which, unlike the US Constitution (which merely implies the Supreme Court’s role in deciding Constitutionality of legislation), expressly commands a Constitutional tribunal to do so. A Constitution which, by its terms ratifies so much of Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights and other Acts of Parliament as still exist which define those rights which all in the UK have rights of action to vindicate, and creates new ones where the need is apparent.

            It’s a pretty big ask. Can you imagine the spivs, chancers, plonkers, tossers and dossers who are in there now ever agreeing to something that, by its own terms, limits them to passing legislation that is only in furtherance of the stated powers given to them, and no more than that? If YOU can, I’D like a bit of whatever it is you’re smoking.

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          • Osama the Nazarene says:

            Thank you Aydodge a very erudite and amusing post. I feel I’ve learnt something and smiled at the end.

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          • It Was all Gordons fault says:

            The English already have a bill of Rights, we just need to get rid of all the illegal laws made by foreigners especially the Anglo Scots who it put there in the first place stop.

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          • Dianne Fatbot says:

            Send more pies please.

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          Your hunky babe in the good ol' US of A, D Vine says:

          Calm down Hugh dear, Jemimah Khan, you can’t.

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          • Morgan's Organ says:

            The McCanns and the Dowlers should ditch the despicable Grunt asap, can’t they see he threatens their whole credibility?

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          • NM says:

            The McCanns give this movement a bad reputation – they were the ones to call the media in the attempt to manipulate public opinion. Only when they lost control did they become so critical.
            Hugh Grant is a fool, but also are all the people that desire to control information.
            The UK is already a joke in what concerns freedom of expression and information, if these fools get away with their wishes (and it seems the Government is coward enough to fall for it) than it migtht just give up all their media.

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          • Osama the Nazarene says:

            The naffing McCanns went for a pissup leaving their very young kids on their own. They brought their own problems on themselves for their thoughlessness.

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    • 24
      says it all says:

      He’s a cuпt.

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    • 35
      Nworb Nodrog says:

      Someone can’t spell DAFT

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    • 47
      Vince says:

      I do not remember the Lib Dems.

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      • 189
        Ed Miliband says:

        Ah, Vince – there you are! The Grand Order of Twats (Westminster branch) is meeting a week on Thursday, I hope you remember to make it this time. I shall be giving a speech on twattery through the ages which promises to be most enlightening.

        Don’t forget to bring your ceremonial tutu and sock suspenders.

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    • 64
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      Hugh Grant is a never-was actor, who only reached the public eye because he was shagging Liz Hurley back in the 1990s.

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      • 94
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        I heard that Hugh Grant was in the habit of hanging around in Gentlemen’s toilets?

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      • 115
        Anonymous says:

        hey mister.
        if desire entered hugh..
        it makes him a dog
        it make him a god.
        for with desire without there was no reason for the source to create.
        desire.e
        the number 5 that is “e”
        is loyalty at any cost.

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        • 117
          Anonymous says:

          for without desire there was no reason…

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          • Don't you know who I am says:

            An ac-tor by the name of Hugh
            Got himself into a fine stew
            He was last in the line
            To hump sweet Devine
            And was arrested for wanting a screw

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      • 252
        Pundit too too says:

        Lovely today to hear a UKIP MEP go for the jugular on QT – Any Answers.
        Anand refused to allow him to air his “question” (she called it “allegations”), which speaks volumes for the case on BBC and QT left wing bias.
        Except for the UKIP MP the rest of them were the usual closely monitored loonly left mongs.
        One ridiculous caller ranted on about the government’s U turn on alcohol pricing, and it being the answer, then admitted he did not drink.
        Anand twice gave the game away that discussions (read intorrogations) had taken place with callers before they went on air.
        Anand deserves better than trying to promote BBC soviet style propaganda and act as Dumbleby’s gatekeeper.

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        • 267
          Vlad the Putin says:

          We will be sending observers to the BBC to see how you rig and stage manage political programming.

          We are also very interested in your postal voting system.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            It is the envy of the whole wide world – “Transparent, Open, and Democratic”. It is holier than holy smoke!

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            … ‘Holy smoke ‘n mirrors’ actually like what happened under Blackfriars Bridge with some banker if I have the correct location.

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        • 278
          Archie says:

          That’s EXACTLY what she deserves!

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        • 480
          Old England says:

          Yes,i heard that,about ,”Where did they get the number from,” censorship,
          Anand style,good for UKIP,keep it up….

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        • 505
          Jeremy Zeid UKIP Harrow says:

          Thanks. I am that member of UKIP who asked that awkward question regarding how they got the phone numbers. I have asked it several times and got no answer, funny that.

          The only place these could have come from were a). the people or families, or b). The Police. So what we have is either collusion, a fuck-up or both.

          As for that odious scrote Grant; he loved the media when he was riding high after Four Weddings, it all going south when Our Hughie was caught in a car, in public, being sucked off. As for shagger Moseley he at least admitted that he enjoyed a good multiple seeing-to, and got paid out because of the Nazi slur and that is fine. Just what the unfunny, miserable bastard Coogan has to bitch about, I cannot fathom.

          As for this “hacking” claim, let’s look at that buffoon “Lord” Prescott, who gave his number to all and sundry , did fuck-all to secure his data and then bitched afterwards. Cue tame lefty “liberal” Leveson, who anyone with a temperature of 37°C knew was a Statist dupe.

          So what we have is a nascent State Censor, backed by the three main parties, in a dirty deal with Fucked-Off without even the pretence of negotiation as no media figure was included in the stitch-up.

          Note how Millipede, Bollocks and Harm-men have kept quiet, likewise the Leader of the suicide-bomber appreciation society the (anything but) “Liberal” selective Democrats and next in line as an unelected Euro-Komissar, Klegg.

          I will not abide by this State Censorship and to hell with he lot of them. They have been trying to do this to protect and hide themselves with the Dowlers used as Human Shields. I have rather less sympathy with the publicity milking McCanns.

          Time to start using my currently dormant websites, the ministryofbollocks.com and do rather more with my Blog, HMP-Albion. I am on Twitter as @thezeidgeist

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      pissed off voter says:

      Grant and cronies may well be everything that is claimed on here but that does not alter what has unravelled – and continues to unravel – per the Leveson jamboree, nor does it change that Cameron, Clegg and Milliband appear to be once again conspiring with media barons behind closed doors to protect their own worthless hides.

      Sure we want a free press but self regulation has been proven unworkable again and again and again. Self-regulation simply means the politicians do as they are told – or bribed – to do by whomever has the means to advance their career and/or finances.

      Cameron , Clegg and Milliband are up to their necks in recent scandals and are most definitely not the right people to determine a way forward for the public good.

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      • 75
        2112 says:

        So what do you propose as an alternative? It isn’t necessary to bring in new legislation to prevent a rerun of the phone-hacking scandal as this is already illegal.
        “Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are up to their necks in recentr scandals.” In that case, let’s not create a situation where the press are unable to report them.

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        • 87
          pissed off voter says:

          I propose regulation of the politicians. Regulate for political integrity and many of current problems cease to be.

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          • V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

            Miliband and Clegg will be stealing millions from us if they win on Monday because no reporter will be allowed to find them out.

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      • 146
        Is This Cublicle Free? says:

        The question about self-regulation working or not is a red herring. When journalists engage in criminal activity (bribing coppers for info, tapping into phones, breaking into offices etc..) that is exactly what it is criminal activity, for which we have ample laws and the police ample powers to investigate and arrest. The issue about was their activity in the ‘public interest’ can be dealt with at their trials for criminal acts. The issue about ‘celeb news’ is a non-issue in my view, if you court fame in the 21st Century then it simply comes with the territory these people have PR/media teams to handle the flack. Ordinary people thrust into the limelight are a different matter, but again we have laws already in place to help protect such people and any journo engaging in unlawful activity needs to be jumped on. The rush to legislate and curtail wider free speech is just the elite taking the opportunity to close down another route to find out what they are up to in ‘our interest’! It will be a bad day for free speech and blogs like this truly the beginning of the end of democracy if this lot gets the force of law.

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        • 169
          Call me Cab Calloway says:

          The red herring is the idea being spun that this is all about celebrities or that as there are laws in place already which make things like hacking into someone’s phone illegal that nothing need change. This is about having a press complaints body that has some teeth and when things happen that breach the guidelines that there is some power of redress and that retractions will be published not on page 5 in tiny print but on the front page.

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          • People evolve. Move On! says:

            It is backwards innit? Nothing! Nothing justifies the constant abuse of another person’s rights. The only people who justify it are the ones who money grub from it. Disgraceful.

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      • 268
        Lola says:

        Self regulation is the ONLY workable regulation. The problem with the current situation is that after 60 years of lefty and righty socialist nannying there is bugger all sense of responsibility left in the UK.

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        • 327
          Blowing Whistles says:

          For the umpteeenth time – REGULATION means “Sweet F.All at law”. Why do you think bankers, solicitors, politicians and hacks love “self-regulation”?

          It ain’t Fucking rocket science wake up FFS.

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          • Jeremy Zeid UKIP Harrow says:

            Sorry, but for YOU, it does seem to be “fucking rocket science”.

            Censorship of Free Speech and the Press means that we wouldn’t hear about the Bankers, Politicians etc.

            YOU WAKE UP FFS

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        • 333
          Casual Observer says:

          Why is regulation necessary at all ?

          It isn’t.

          Enforcement of the existing law is what should have been done previously to prevent the excesses, and no one has been held to account for not doing that.

          Also, the lack of security in relation to phone voice mail accounts has similarly not been addressed. The telecoms are regulated as well.

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    • 107
      rambo says:

      —We won’t be cooperating with any legislation that tries to control a foreign publication like this blog because it is, in the words of the Charter, “targeted primarily at an audience in the United Kingdom”. —

      I hope you stick to this Guido. You have a reputation for standing up to this nonsense and also allowing a fair degree of freedom for comments on here – though your standing took a big hit with your refusal to allow comments on the Billy Smythe and Chucky Ubumma video – you never did confess if it was American lawyers, the British police or threats from the Equalities Commission that caused your decision. We know politicians read this site and are very unhappy that many Brits are realising that they are being ethnically clensed. To undo the damage to the blog’s reputation I hope you stand up to this Leveson rubbish and refuse to co-operate one little bit.

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    • 109
      amongymous says:

      —We won’t be cooperating with any legislation that tries to control a f0reign publication like this blog because it is, in the words of the Charter, “targeted primarily at an audience in the United Kingdom”. —

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        amongymous says:

        I hope you stick to this Guido. You have a reputation for standing up to this nonsense and also allowing a fair degree of freedom for comments on here – though your standing took a big hit with your refusal to allow comments on the Chucky Ubumma video – you never did confess if it was 4merican lawyers, the British p01ice or threats from the Equ4lities C0mmission that caused your decision. We know politicians read this site and are very unhappy that many Brits are realising that they are being e_thnic 411y cl 34 ns 3 d. To undo the damage to the blog’s reputation I hope you stand up to this Leves0n rubbish and refuse to co-operate one little bit.

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        • 188
          Timmy Tin Foil says:

          The briefs may have told Guido that, should there have been any comments on that Chuka Umunna thread which somehow connected Will Smith with the Church of Scamatology in any manner in which Smith was made to look like something other than an upstanding citizen, Guido’s servers, which supposedly are based in California (as are the Church of Scamatology and Will Smith), might be exposed to lawsuits. (Scamatology does have form in this regard.) Of course, the plaintiffs would likely ultimately be laughed out of court, but the servers might have a hold-harmless clause in which Guido has agreed to reimburse them should they incur any legal cost on his behalf. Not a question of whether Guido would ever pay a judgment so much as whether he would be able to come up with the mazuma to pay the server’s lawyers without some serious borrowing on his part, and whether, after having been once burned, the servers might be twice shy. Guido could, in turn, counterclaim against the plaintiffs for vexatious litigation, but again, that takes dosh, and it would be contested in a court in California as well. Discretion here was the better part of valour. Allowing comments on what was, after all, primarily meant to be a piss-take of Chuka Umunna, under those circumstances “ain’t werf it,” as Peggy Mitchell might have said.

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          • amongymous says:

            Interesting theory – had it been so then guido should have come out and said so, they can’t sue you for being honest.

            As it stands the fear is that the thought police from the equality commission explained to guido that anyone commenting in a negative light regarding a video showing parts of our capital city have become a foreign 3rd world land would result in some trouble for him.

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          • Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

            I believe private eye are quite experienced with court appearances and wot not, maybe Guido should ask them for advice ?

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    • 173
      Nitty Nora head explorer says:

      Hugh Grant never was an actor to become a has been he is a never was been. Having it off in a car with a lady of ill repute and all of a sudden he is the voice of “Virtue”.

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    • 293
      Diddley says:

      The only thing keeping Huge Grant in the media spotlight is this hacked off business. If he’d just fuck off home to his millionaires mansion we’d easily forget about him.

      Stupid twat.

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      fuck off hacked off says:

      Hugh Grant is an utter c.unt. Jon stewart refuses to ever have him back on his lefty Daily Show because of Grant’s seriously odious, rude, egotistical behavior to the programmes crew.

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    • 509
      Divine says:

      And his penis in something quite appalling.

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  2. 2
    Tachybaptus says:

    When the paparazzi stop taking pictures of Hugh Grant, he will no longer exist.

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  3. 3

    Quite right Guido

    We can afford to buy off the hundreds of people we have blagged hacked and threatened

    It has onlt cost us about one bollion dollars so far…

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  4. 4
    ordinary member of the public says:

    I’m totally hacked off that Hugh Grant and his cronies are using me as an excuse to muzzle our newspapers.

    Ordinary members of the public DO NOT WANT state control of the press.

    It is astonishing that centuries of press freedom are under threat because of a handful of B list celebrities pursuing their own agenda.

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    • 23
      Mug politics says:

      170000 signatures. I signed it under the name ‘I sucked Hugh’s cock’. Wonder if that one’s in the total alongside likely 20000 Divine Browns.

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    • 124

      No one is talking of STATE CONTROL

      Get a life and read the proposals

      Guido is disinforming again

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      • 159
        Paniagua Solo says:

        Yet

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      • 164
        David Common-Purpose Scamoron says:

        Since when did what the government says have anything to do with what the government does ?
        You’ll be telling me next that you think I listen to the voters.

        
        

        Wait ! Surely you’re not one of those who still think I’m a Conservative ?
        Don’t you ever get lonely ?

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      • 179
        Council tennant with a spare room says:

        thin edge of the wedge … just like labour tried with detention without trial. First its only in extreme circumstances then its commonplace then its the norm then it needs extended. Before you know it you’ve been ‘vanished’ because you called ed balls a psycho or diane abbott a fat hypocritical lying cow.
        dont see them treating the press as any different

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      • 401
        Cleo says:

        Dress it up however you like, but state control of the press is exactly what is being proposed.And once it’s introduced,there’s no going back.No matter which government is in power or how bonkers their policies.

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  5. 5
    windsock says:

    “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

    Does that include the right to accuse an innocent man of murder, by smear and innuendo?

    The problem with the press is that it does not hold any political party to account, if it is not in their interests to do so. Every single media outlet is now nothing more than another franchise in a global entertainment industry, where people’s lives are just collateral damage.

    No-one would have any issue with the press if it told truth to power (expenses scandal being a good example), but when it stoops to ghastly “paedo” outings and snooping on the parents of dead or missing children, that’s not the actions of a “free press”, but the mentality of a mob out for titillation at any cost – as long as it’s not to themselves.

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  6. 6
    Woodward and Bernstein says:

    If Liberals vote with Labour to end press freedom in our country, will they have to change the name of their party???

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    • 17
      devonblokes says:

      Yes they will. It will be called something like ‘The Unelectable Party’

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      • 84
        The Tao of Bullshit says:

        The Authoritarian Anti-Democrats has a certain ring

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      • 120
        amongymous says:

        The problem is that for centuries Brits have stood against such things but now the society is changing. We have a whole generationr aised under new labour edukayshun edukayshun edukayshun who have been “educated” in the evils of capitalism and the wonders of diversity etc but not real history.

        In a growing number of cities the imdi_ gen ous people are now a minority – who knows how this new people who are taking over our land will think, vote, act?

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        • 160
          Anonymous says:

          They will think, vote, act, as they are told to by the Imans.

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          • Council tennant with a spare room says:

            Kill the infidel .. Allahu Akbar! ……… also winners of the King of Curry Awards. Authentic South Indian cuisine and classic Indian food for curry lovers across the UK.
            573-581 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G3 7PQ.

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        • 259
          NUTS teacher - a Blare babe. says:

          It took us all of the last 15 years but we managed to cripple UK youth.
          We learnt a lot from Mao’s red book

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        • 275
          Lola says:

          Yep. Not skools. State Indoctrination Centres.

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        • 277
          Anonymous says:

          The problem is that for centuries Brits have stood against such things but now the society is changing.

          Society isn’t just changing, native Britons are being systematically and deliberately ethnically replaced.

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      • 217
        Anonymous says:

        Has there ever been such an unprincipled pair of politicians like Milliband and Clegg before ? Clegg particularly is a disgrace, no loyalty to the PM at all.

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    • 353
      Liberal Socialism, something to believe in says:

      Not at all, ‘Liberals’ already means lying, deceitful, hypocritical, corrupt, incompetent and useless wankers. No need for change.

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  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Down with rich slebs!

    All power to rich foreign press barons and their bought and paid for lackeys!

    Support the Greedo One!

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    • 78
      2112 says:

      All power to Common Purpose drones and their sinister agenda!

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      • 195
        CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

        Guido says he doesn’t know who’s financing the Hacked O|ff campaign. The shyster lawyer, Mark Lewis declined to answer when asked if Max Moseley was bankrolling him and the campaign. I think we can take that refusal as a “yes”then.

        There’s also the high probability that Common Purpose are opening their corporate wallet as well. If that’s true then we taxpayers will be part funding the attempt to destroy freedom of speech in this country. CP are classed a charity which receives funding from the British Taxpayer.

        Guido, don’t perpetuate the lie that the NOW hacked Millie Dowler’s phone. The phone company admitted that her phone was on 72 hour auto delete. The Dowler’s, through their brief Mark Lewis, squeezed £2 million out of Murdoch on the basis of that lie. Shouldn’t they be paying Rupie that money back? Why haven’t they been asked for their views about the phone hacking lie? Keeping that payout doesn’t show them in a good light – or are they now “untouchable”?

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    • 102

      The Greedo one has become quite hysterical

      He sees himself as Radio Free Europe against Stalin

      What a clown

      ROFL

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      • 163
        Anonymous says:

        ga.reedo 1.
        ga (3 musical note…. sa ra ga ma na pa dhe)
        31 (4)
        salt of the earth mate…this number 4.
        he could be said to worth one’s salt.
        .
        b4 cans were invented and refrigrators came into salt was used to preserve food.
        .
        sticking with this, lady gaga…heshe no ladi …is 3 up.3dawn.
        wot a creative dongamongaponga.
        3 being the number of him, him and his creation.
        i.m.pulse, desire.e, r………a1

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        • 199
          Keep Our Press Free says:

          Millibland repeated the lie about Millie Dowler’s phone being hacked on the news last night.

          Strange that those supporting press censorship because of alleged dodgy media practices are perfectly happy to lie and twist the truth when it suits their agenda.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I am pretty near screaming point when that moron Milliband drops his voice ,and says the magic words “Millie Dowler”, he has milked that girls murder disgracefully,and repeats the lie about her phone being hacked to this day.What a disgrace that the Labour party has been brought to this, with nobody at the top you could ever call a leader.

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      • 221
        Anonymous says:

        The Granto one surely, sees himself as a victim even though he has the morals of a cat.PMSL !!!

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  8. 9

    Thanks Guido

    We need aggressive diversions to cover our criminality

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    • 165
      Anonymous says:

      divisions mate.

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      • 200
        remember this says:

        Blair is Godfather to one of Murdoch’s kids and Labour bent over backwards to accommodate NI when they were in power.

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        • 484
          In plain sight says:

          Let’s face it, Labour are Murdoch’s bitter, jilted former lover and are unable to accept the fact he left them weeping at the altar.

          Their obsessive rage would vanish, the moment Murdoch whispered sweet nothings to them.
          Utter hypocrites.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Exactly,its laughable that draconian laws to silence newspapers are being negotiated by people of the (very poor) calibre of Ed Milliband ,and Nick Clegg,egged on by the likes of Hugh Grant. He has just been on the news on Radio 4 at 12midday and actually mentioned Millie Dowler again. To me the way they have hi jacked this murder is nothing short of disgraceful.I really hope David Camerons version is the one voted for.Just think if Hugh hadnt picked up a prostitute in the US none of this would ever have happened—-nice.

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  9. 10

    The last thing we need is politicians hands in press regulation in anyway we must have a free press #free&reckless

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  10. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Huge Grunt Is simply Devine!

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    who why what where when says:

    Could all newspapers who wish to retain their freedom please agree to never publicise anything by Grant, Coogan, Church, Diamond etc again.

    And could they also ignore any press releases from LimpDums and Labour.

    Ordinary members of the public won’t miss any of it.

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    • 67
      Anonymous says:

      The shower you mention did stupid things which were publicised, they dont seem to grasp that once you take the money you get with fame, there is a downside.Charlotte Church was happy to do fifteen page spreads in “Hello” in which her very young babies and then partner were heavily featured. But anything negative and she is screaming blue murder !

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    Tosspot says:

    All part of a Socialist Era when one as not allowed to call a Spade, a Spade.

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    • 42
      Bluto says:

      Soviet era more like. What these vociferous lefties are proposing is outrageous and an assault on English liberty and common law.

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      • 69
        Anonymous says:

        There was a guy on Radio 4 news last night, described as a “trustee” of Hacked off, he was almost treated like the new Pope by the announcer ! he trashed the PMs proposals but there was no reply by the Government at all.Im getting sick and tired of the BBCs bias.

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        • 154
          BBC Brainwashing, aka BBC News and Current Affairs Department says:

          Perhaps the BBC are behind Hacked Off??

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    • 51
      Omar Sharif says:

      Not being allowed to call a spade a spade is a bridge too far.

      Like

      • 86
        ted heath says:

        i didn’t shoot the sharif but he certainly snapped me

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        • 101
          Omar Sharif says:

          As I explained to Anouk Aimée, you have to watch out for those turtles when they’re mating. (Best to make an appointment.)

          Like

          • Woodward and Bernstein says:

            The BBC’s backing for Hacked Off is indisputable.
            How a news organisation can support restrictions in press freedom is beyond me.If the proposals had been put forward by Thatcher, they would have been marching through the streets.
            Journalists at the BBC should be bloody ashamed of themselves.

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          • Hiding all the news we don't want you to know says:

            The BBC are not a news outlet. That are a propaganda outfit.

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        • 341
          The other Ted Heath says:

          Crazy, man, crazy!

          Like

    • 263
      Joe Public says:

      They do not even know what a spade is except if they read old US detective novels.

      Like

    • 336
      David says:

      The “Rules Of Engagement” allow you to call me a Spade.

      Like

  13. 15
    Ex-Tory voter says:

    Cameron – “And we have never been more up for the task of turning our country around.”

    Into a 1930s style “us and them” society. This government’s *only* achievement has been to reduce GDP by 1.4% through their austerity and create massive social divisions. Taking a (financial) crisis and turning into a disaster is not much of a recommendation.

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    • 80
      2112 says:

      Anyone would think they were socialists!

      Like

    • 129
      amongymous says:

      You’re being too harsh on old castiron – he has achieved continuing en rich m3nt and increased unemployment by allowing 500,000 people to in v4de every year. Long term, it is win win for labour, the guardian and BBC.

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  14. 19
    Keep Our Press Free says:

    Could I plead with any MP considering voting in favour of state control of the press to consider what will happen in future years to future generations.
    Once these laws are implemented, they will never be repealed.
    And how would these MP’s feel if a political party they abhor gains power and can then dictate to the press?
    I want my children to grow up with the same freedom to read what they like as myself, my parents,grandparents etc.

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  15. 21
    Hugh Grant says:

    I feel divine.

    On my groin.

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  16. 22
    Is Tom wavering? says:

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    • 40
      JH54649675434 says:

      Look at that cvnt with his uber cool cvnt icon. What a cvnt.

      Tom, the article is about a startlingly average actor called Hugh Grant, not Anne fucking Frank.

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      • 61
        james says:

        I’d like to reply on twitter to the fat fucker, but the anti freedom of speech cuпt has barred me from his account. Just shows where these people are coming from, they just can’t handle the truth.

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      • 114
        Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

        that icon reminds me of a 1994 cyberpunk science-fiction point-and-click adventure. I do hope we didn’t pay for it.

        I am always available for confessions ( adjusts vestments )

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    • 43
      gramma says:

      Despite Dan being both retiring Labour politician Glenda Jackson’s son and describing himself Blue labour in the Bliar mould, his articles always contain a generous helping of sense.
      Unlike many other progeny of established politicians, he has yet to consider throwing his hat in the ring to be offered a safe Socialist seat in comparison to the likes of many others [Bliar, Straw etc], trying to begin a dynasty.
      One of the few [like big G] who believes telling it like it is, irrespective of tribal loyalty.

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      • 71
        Anonymous says:

        I must say i really like Dan Hodges columns. He doesnt have the nasty tribal tendency of most Labour supporters, he will look at both sides of a problem, and if Labour had more people like him they would be a better party. I actually hope he doesnt go in to politics as they would change him.

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    • 45
      Bluto says:

      What’s remarkable is that you and the rest of the so-called “liberal” left are supporting something worthy of the Soviet Union and every other communist dictatorship. Back off fatso!

      Like

      • 126

        Calm down dear and look at the actual proposals before having a heart attack!

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        • 147
          Bluto says:

          There shouldn’t be any “proposals”, you fat slob. Englishmen should be allowed to say and write what they like.

          Like

          • John Bull says:

            Englishmen are allowed to exercise free speech. It is only traitors and other politically castrated Europhants who think they aren’t.

            It is the duty and definition of being English to oppose censorship and tyranny.

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  17. 25
    He only wanted some oral on the Sunset Strip says:

    Have some sympathy for Grunt. Can anyone name the last successful film he was in? Bleating on about the press is the only way he can keep his name visible.

    Like

    • 52
      Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

      I am available for confessions,

      Like

    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      It seems to me that he is stuck in “PM” mode following his appearance (fleetingly) in the film”love actually” i wish he would snap out of it as he is becoming a first class pain in the *ss.

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  18. 26
    Ugly wee Labour hamster faced tramp says:

    They are all disgusting, just disgusting, they are disgusting, no, they are disgusting

    Like

  19. 27
    mickrab says:

    Damn right Guido. We need a completely free and unregulated (ie regulated by themselves) press. Then they can continue to have the monopoly on lobbying bribery and blackmail enjoyed in the past. It’s the least those paragons of virtue deserve.

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  20. 29
    Andy "Maybelline" Burn 'em says:

    I have no comment.

    Like

  21. 30
    Pope Bergoglio says:

    You British are usurpers! The Falklands are ours! Give them back! And bring me a young boy to sodomise while you’re at it.

    Like

    • 244
      Lapsed says:

      Dear Pope,

      It is so nice of you to call yourself Francis. Agreat change and probably the beginnings of a PR coup. When you have also sold off the assets of the church and redistributed them among the poor, i shall consider your opinions on a range of other topics.

      Yours in anticipation of the usual hypocricy,

      A former Catholic (who was pleased to discover his parish priest had been shagging his housekeeper, buit less happy to find he’d also bought a himself pleasure boat from the proceeds of the Sunday collections.)

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    • 264
      Albion says:

      How about the fact that we were there before you Spaniards turned up to colonise what you now call Argentina, and decimated the indigenous population in the process, but I’m forgetting, you had God and all the Saints on your side

      Like

    • 359
      Cardinal Beergoggles says:

      Argie b@@@@rd

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  22. 31
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Imagine if the Soviets had tried to do the same to Radio Free Europe during the Cold War… Oh, but this is exactly what the Soviets did! They used extremely high power jamming transmitters to block Radio Free Europe.

    This is what Hugh Grant wants to do to the British Press: Mount a Soviet Union style jamming operation against it!

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    • 286
      Anonymous says:

      As the balkanisation of Britain grows, so the authorities will ratchet up the censorship and control of information.

      Like

      • 378
        Blowing Whistles says:

        I get a sense that the lower end of the police and armed forces are starting to become rather more coy about just exactly who the real criminals are in the UK – hopefully some common sense is starting to break out and that rather than turn their (I was only doing my job) g.uns ‘n taz.ers on the public they might look at the filthy miscreants in parliament and the legal circles.

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    • 360
      Cardinal Beergoggles says:

      puff

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  23. 32
    Insomnia rools says:

    Apparently the Tory Spring Conference started today according to Beeb who showed a clip of Camoron bleating on. Why is there no live coverage as I missed comic relief and could do with a laugh?

    Like

    • 56
      Sleepless in Seattle says:

      What about those who were unfortunate enough to catch comic relief ?
      They could do with a laugh too before the NHS kills them off.

      Like

    • 232
      Anonymous says:

      Hang on, if you want a laugh as Ed will be featuring in the Labour coference soon, if you think he is a joke at PMQs, just wait !

      Like

  24. 33
    A meeting of Cunts Anonymous says:

    My name is Eric Joyce and I’m a Labour c-unt.

    Hello Eric.

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  25. 34
    huge grunt says:

    its comic gum-relief day

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  26. 36
    Jimmy says:

    So the line is that the Labour LibDem Royal Charter proposal has been dictated by Hacked Off’s anti Charter campaign?

    I think I may have spotted the flaw here.

    Truth is Butch has played this quite well. He’s sucked up to Murdoch and ensured Ed gets the full lightbulb treatment in 2015, but in such a way that he will lose the vote, thus avoiding the next scandal (and let’s face it there will be one) being his fault.

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    • 44
      blank says:

      I don’t think Ed being associated with a light bulb is entirely credible Jimmy.

      Like

    • 46
      JH54649675434 says:

      You do have to wonder what News International is saving up for use on the likes of Watson et al.

      Best served cold, etc. Tee Hee, I can’t fucking wait.

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    • 81
      Punctuation Police says:

      ‘Truth is Butch’ ?
      Not unless it’s a niche offshoot of ‘Comment is Free’. You missed a comma and derailed the reader from understanding what you meant: ‘The Truth is (pause) Butch…’

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      • 204
        let me read what I want says:

        Labour under Blair wrote the book on sucking up to Murdoch.
        What conveniently short memories you national Socialists have.

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        • 335
          Blowing Whistles says:

          And while in opposition the Tories – never dared to call the shot on Murdoch – they were only seeking and currying his favour – and OH YES “WHITTINGDALE” is testament to that … EVIDENTIALLY.

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  27. 38
    Ed Goeballs says:

    Have no fear. The next Labour government will ban all free press and TV news. Instead, we will have a state sanctioned newspaper. All is well. All is good. You are calm. You are happy. All is well.

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  28. 39
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like Cream of Sum Yun Gai

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  29. 41
    Hugh Grant says:

    My favourite Chinese dish is Ho Fun.

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  30. 49
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Did anyone seriously believe Ed Miliband would make a decision that wasn’t about political point scoring. Nick Clegg cannot be trusted anyway.

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  31. 50
    Viv says:

    1. Control the media
    2. Control the press
    3. Establish a client state
    4. Remove the right to free speech
    5. Control state education

    And thus ‘democracy’ segues into dictatorship.

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    • 54
      Bluto says:

      Most of this is down to the Common Purpose project which “mysteriously” began when the old Soviet Union collapsed and requires independent investigation as to its funding and anti-democratic activities.

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      • 162
        Is This Cublicle Free? says:

        Your sort of on the right track, Common Purpose and indeed much of the current ideology of the elite is stemming from both a conscious and unconscious awareness that the economics that have underpinned their position are rapidly vanishing, the banking crisis has made this more apparent as the rise of China and the other emerging nations reduces the economic power of the old ‘west’ then resources and therefore opportunities for the elite to prosper are on decline in their current nations states. Hence the EU is a project that all members of the elite support, the unconditional support given to banks with future generations taxes and the willingness to spill blood in regional wars to secure access to resources and future wealth patronage. As yet no political force has emerged to counter the elite in a credible way, in fact it looks unlikely that one will unless there is a dramatic collapse in a core element of their project like the euro failing. We shall see.

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    • 58
      the oracle says:

      The same salami slicing of freedoms we see going on a larger scale in the EU. This shit always leads to war, dopey twats.

      Like

  32. 53
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    If anyone wants to know what UKIP really have to offer, then they should watch Thursday’s Daily Politics. There was a UKIP MEP on, my was he derranged. In reality Nigel Farage has populist sound bites, but no real substance.

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    • 55
      Bluto says:

      Thanks for that transmission on behalf of the Labour Party. I’m surprised you didn’t describe them as “disgusting” (© Amy Rutland).

      Like

    • 89
      Casual Observer says:

      As long as they deliver on the referendum and getting UK out of Europe, who cares.

      That the MEPs are deranged is not just the province of UKIP: Look at what is going on in Europe generally.

      In any case, they are irrelevant as were majority of members of politburo. The EU is all about Soviet style politics, the only ones who matter are the commissioners, and 3 or 4 key players on the parliament floor. The rest are rubber stamps / room meat to provide a veneer of democracy, albeit without demos.

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    • 128

      I am a pub loving chancer

      I used to be a trader

      It’s natural for us

      Of course I have no policies

      I only want Britain outside of the EU so it can become the offshore money laundering, tax evasion and oligarchs capital of the world…(it is well on the way already)

      UKIP is there for the gallery and the likes of Murdoch who “hate England” you see

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  33. 59
    Derek says:

    “Hacked Off is a bunch of celebs who have been caught with their pants down hiding behind the genuine suffering of the McCanns and the Dowlers who were victims of real crimes which the police are already pursuing.”

    Never read a truer word on this blog before !!

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    • 158
      Eddie Keela says:

      Take out the reference to the McCanns being victims and it would be true.

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      • 172
        Anonymous says:

        Just take a look at the McCann Files or Joana Morais sites to see what the McCanns are up to.
        Hacked Off by using slimy Gerry as a spokesman have really shot themselves in the foot.

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        • 181
          Will says:

          if the McCanns had bothered to hire a babysitter then maybe their child would have not gone missing. Strange that in a room of 3 children only 1 was taken !!

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          • just asking says:

            I’m sorry for anyone that loses a child in whatever circumstances.
            But both sets of parents were happy to use the press to try and gain publicity in a bid to solve the cases.
            And why should their loss mean I can’t read whichever newspapers I want?

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          • Labour is off their Ed says:

            Will, I had my comment withdrawn and I suspect it was because I pointed out that the McC*nn’s left three young children on their own. Madeleine is the victim, not her pathetic parents.

            I wonder how long it will be before my comment is removed again. Not long I suspect.

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          • Casual Observer says:

            As they were trying to use the press to track her down it is very strange that they now wish to shut the press down.

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      • 242
        Anonymous says:

        I agree 100% they had him on radio 4 again today speaking for hacked off, which says it all in my opinion !

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      • 495
        Anonymous says:

        To be honest, i have never been very clear about why the Dowlers have been depicted as victims either. Obviously having your daughter murdered is appalling, but the press didnt murder her.Even the” mobile voicemails being hacked”seems to be debatable as in boxes dont have endless capacity and are deleted automatically when full.They received £2,000,000 from news international as well dont forget.

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  34. 62
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Huhne’s for a laugh then… I couldn’t make this up and I haven’t – have a laugh at every word …

    Here is the word for word letter that Christopher Huhne MEP had published in the Guardian on Monday 22nd September 2003 page 19. [It was about 9 1/2 years ago – funny how things are now eh]

    “Jackie Ashley’s sour article on the Lib Dems’ triumph in Brent East (Another false dawn, September 20) is ludicrously wide of the mark. She lists other byelection wins that have failed to lead to a Liberal “breakthrough”, but ignores the contribution they have made to the steady progress of a party that is now incomparably stronger than it was 30 years ago, and so able to challenge for national power.

    The number of MPs is now 54, the highest since 1929, and as even opponents concede, the party is an effective force in the Commons. In Scotland, the party is in government. and [sic] our proportion of councillors has gone from 4% in the 1970s to 21%, with control of former Labour fiefdoms such as Liverpool, Islington, Southwark, Lambeth, Southampton, Milton Keynes and Norwich. Just as significant, the party has been recording poll ratings averaging eight percentage points more than at this time in the last parliament.

    The Guardian is run by a trust with the injunction to continue the traditions of CP Scott, who was a Liberal MP as well as the editor of the Manchester Guardian. A third of your readers supported the Lib Dems at the last election. What a shame that you no longer have any Liberal voices among your political commentators who could mitigate the alternately patronising and antagonistic views of your many Labour supporting apologists.
    Christopher Huhne MEP Lib Dem, SE England.”

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  35. 63
    The year 2016 says:

    “I’m Alistair Campbell and you’re watching BBC News. And now over to our political correspondent, Jacqui Smith”.

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  36. 65
    Owen Jones says:

    I need there to be more poor people. That’s how I make my living. My very wellbeing depends on there being lots of poor people to write about, whilst I live in a nice, affluent, upper middle class part of London and earn a nice fat salary from my writings, enjoying intellectual dinners with Polly and Laurie. Thankfully, no poor people live near us. Except the foreign cleaner who comes once a fortnight and I pay her a very reasonable £10 for 5 hours work.

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  37. 66
    Call me Cab Calloway says:

    Hacked Off won’t say who funds them, they are self-appointed and they are secretive with a sinister agenda to protect the rich and powerful from the prying eyes of the public.

    For Hacked Off – insert: Guido, Adam Smith Institute etc etc

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    • 73
      yacht boy says:

      Yeah you’re right, Guido and Adam Smith have both been caught with their pants down and the public needs to know……….you thick twat.

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      • 95
        Call me Cab Calloway says:

        The point is not whether or not Hugh has his trousers up, down or sideways the point is that a number of vested interests are keen to ensure that any press control be as weak as possible. Guido is singing from the same script here as Sky and Murdoch.

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  38. 72
    I am not living a lie for a fucked up, bullying lying gaybo who I don't even like! says:

    The Hacked Off campaign is a hypocritical and a sinister attempt at curtailing our media for its own advantage. The same can be said about Miliband using the Hacked Off campaign for political reasons. However, our press has absolutely nothing to be proud. It is a nasty bullying, exploitive, destructive machine that needs to wise up and wise up soon.

    I am somewhat conflicted in my views in relation to media control. Hacked Off is just a cover for protecting celebrities and the Labour party. This inacceptable. Nevertheless, the media needs a long overdue good kick up the arse.

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    • 92
      Doh says:

      Is all this oul bollocks simply about if hugh grunt is caught being sucked off by a prostitute again, the press won’t be able report it. Is that it?

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    • 96
      pissed off voter says:

      problem is not the media per se, but that our politicos are susceptible to the whims of the media. Give the media a good kick up the arse by regulating the politicians.

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      • 210
        common sense not common purpose says:

        If you don’t like a particular newspaper, don’t buy it or read it on-line.

        I grew out of reading the Guardian about 20 years ago, but I wouldn’t want to stop others buying it, or force it’s closure through deliberately punative fines..

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  39. 74
    Point of Information says:

    It was not the Paparazzi taking pictures of Hugh Gr@nt on a bad hair day that is his problem. It was the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The idiot probably lost money on Madoff or during the credit crunch and this is all he has to fall back on.

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    • 492
      Anonymous says:

      So are we saying that if Hugh is arrested in LA again on a charge of picking up a prostitute,and its reported in US papers, we cant publish the story here ? because if so thats a disgrace and Milliband should never, ever, become PM.(one of the many reasons)

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  40. 77
    Casual Observer says:

    Is Fraser Nelson still sticking to his guns, or has he softened his line on this ?

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  41. 88
    HenryV says:

    Demand A Plan Hugh, Demand A Plan!

    Modern celebs are to mass communication what the clap is to shagging.

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  42. 91
    Old Codger says:

    Who are the organisations funding ‘Hacked Off’ and do they pay their taxes?

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  43. 99
    Ed Miliband says:

    Guess what, folks?

    I am a twat of the very highest order. It takes years of practice, long hours and burning the candle at both ends to become as twattish as I am. I have learned from the masters, and have taken the practice to the very limits of human endurance. Other high twats are left trailing in my wake. As a twat, I am simply untouchable.

    Twattery is a fine art, and I, Ed Miliband, am the undisputed world champion.

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    • 136
      A comment says:

      Wrong again, you twat. Your brother David is an even bigger twat than you.

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    • 187
      Ed Miliband says:

      I only stood for the Labour leadership as a joke so when I beat my brother he must have felt a bit of a twat. However, I am now left leading a frankly unelectable rabble with no idea of what I want to do. Surely I am a far bigger twat than David, who can only dream of one day becoming the enormous steaming twat that I have trained to be.

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    • 325
      Mick Philpott says:

      Don’t worry mate-I’ll vote for you once the EU gives prisoners the vote, cuz you look after the working man.

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  44. 100

    I had dinner with the Austral-American Murdoch last week as you all know

    He told me that one of his employees had it “from a reliable source” (the latest hack perhaps) that Phil the Greek wants me to be awarded a VC for great courage under heavy Continental fire in an upmarket Strasbourg restaurant

    I told him that as a true Englishman I would be honoured…

    Murdoch also said he wanted me to be the next PM

    I said I would be honoured by his backing (spelt with a b not an h)

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  45. 105
    Media ConTroller says:

    The BBC should be privatised or all the money grubbing ,lefty lovees should be rounded up in Blue Peter Garden and shot. I don’t mind which.

    The Daily Fail should be only sold to people with sadistic, sociopathatic tendencies who hate humanity as it is affront to all intelligent, tolerant decent people. It can only be read by people who fail to develop a true understanding of the complexities and frailities of human nature.
    According to the Daily Fail, if you don’t eat the right type muesli you are not fit for society.
    The Daily Fail is one newstripe that needs to wise up and go and take a look at itself.

    The Mirror should be closed down!

    The Guardian is brainwashing, lefty pish! For people with dementia. They peddle the same pish day in and day out. Why read the tripe daily? Thanks to its repetitive, ground hog,brainwashing media tactics, you only need to read it once a year. This media tripe should come with a public health warning as reading it gives you brainrot.

    Finally, Hacked Off can go and Fuck Off!

    Phew, I feel better for that!

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    • 135

      Agreed

      And the Sun should be shut down as well – you forgot them!

      That would leave all the preaching Luvvies on the Times and Sunday Times without pay…

      Ha ha ha

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  46. 106

    It is quite something when Guido attacks HackedOff for “blackmail” when he is paid the Murdoch shilling

    That just about takes the biscuit of all biscuits…

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  47. 108
    Anthony Webb says:

    I thought everyone knew that Hacked off was funded by the Media Standards Trust, that crypto-Marxist Fabian group including Common Purposes Julia Middleton. It’s no coincidence that Oswald Mosley was a lifelong Fabian, and Max Mosley is fronting Hacked Off you know.

    Hacked off is a Fabian Socialist front. The 5th column is at the gates!

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  48. 110
    A White Elephant says:

    The NHS has always been private.

    The press has never been free.

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    • 124
      Media ConTroller says:

      The press are free enough to exploit and destroy vulnerable people. The H/Off celebs were only to happy to participate in the medias, destructive & exploitive when it suited them. These parasitical lovies are sc-um too!

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      • 127
        A Superinjuncted White Elephant says:

        Ok, you convinced me. The press has always been free.

        Moreover NHS dentistry is freely available to all who need it.

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      • 140

        The only mistake the celebs made was not to “plant” enough lies in their telephone conversations to nail the Murdoch press for millions in libel before the hacking ever blew up…

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        • 345
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Isn’t it Funny how “all the legals” make millions out of ‘protecting’ the likes of Nicholson & Co at the NHS, all the pa3dos at the BBC, so many erring 5hits & pa3dos government and many in the press?

          Always hiding themselves off behind their LEGAL CLOAKS?

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    • 156
      The BBC not taking responsibility for its action on BBC iplayer. says:

      I mean seriously why tf are we being force to pay the pedo enabling BeBeCee? We are not allowed to control the media but the media can control us with the threat of imprisonment if we don’t pay me. Wtf? Soviet media!

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  49. 119
    BagLady says:

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    The BBC, or rather Vision Critical, has closed down their public forum without apology: Global Minds. Opinion has now been limited to the bland, so-called, documentaries. General news is now a no-go area.

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  50. 122
    Storm clouds over Camoron says:

    Is there a list of who is associated with Hacked off, because the easier way to let Hugh Grant know is to stop buying the media that he is on or in, his DVD’s etc , I won’t be buying any more DVD’s he’s in or any newspapers his picture appears in, simple.

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    • 138
      Media ConTroller says:

      You mean you have actually gone out and bought Hugh Grant’s DVDs? He developed his acting skill during classes in woodwork. He has only one method of acting,which is foppish, middle class, puke.Though he deserves an Oscar for hypocrisy.

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      • 436
        Helpful serf on tour says:

        Tiny typo there pal. For puke you should have written puki – Indonesian slang for a lady’s lower front entrance

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  51. 131
    Owen Jones' dad says:

    Owen!
    Where the bloody ‘ell have you been lad?
    I’ve told you not to play with the grown-ups, they’ll rough you up again.

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  52. 132
    BagLady says:

    or the Iranian regime demanded today to regulate the BBC’s Persian Service on the grounds that it is “targeted primarily at an audience in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

    No excuse for shutting down PressTV Iran.

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  53. 141
    Casual Observer says:

    So, in order to coerce press regulation, hacked off were threatening to smear Clegg and Miliband in the press ?

    Nice logic, and what one would expect from such scum.

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  54. 142
    To Be Honest says:

    Well said Guido, full agreement,well done that man. The celebs such as Hugh Grant think that they are so wonderful that they can do and have what they want but really they are a bunch of over paid wasters and need to be put back to where they belong. In long years gone by Actors were always scrounging for food as they were the lowest of low and did not want to work but chose to go from Town to Town putting on poor shows, they were looked down on by the public and were and still are a bunch of wasters, Most of the time these poor fools do not know who they really are and live in a make belief World. Hugh Grant got caught fair and square doing something not to reputable,,it got reported and consequently hates the newspapers for it, good on them, If I had a complaint about newspapers it would be that they do not expose politicians and celebs more often and as for using the Law to stop them reporting I will remind the likes of Grant that if a Newspaper reports something untrue they can take them to Court and gain compensation.

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  55. 143
    Law for laws' sake. says:

    The Press has to abide by the law of the country.

    The present crisis is a result of the law not being enforced.

    Why make new laws and not enforce the current laws?

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  56. 161
    Sound Bite Dave, nailing the coffin lid shut says:

    “We are building an expiration nation”

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  57. 168
    All quiet on the Eastleigh front says:

    Any word on those two Lb Dem inquiries into the groping Lord?

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  58. 174
    fitz fitz says:

    The name is Brown, Divine Brown … and wee Hughie wants to censor it …

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    Off topic but much more significant than moribund print media and has been act- ors, have y’all seen the Cyprus bail out terms inc. a charge on all bank deposit a/cs of 6.9% € 100K…..Big implications for the eurozone:

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    Whilst Rome is burning says:

    Good write up on Farage:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/9932981/Nigel-Farage-beware-Ukips-smiling-assassin.html

    One wonders how the 1922 letters are going. 46 yet ?

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      Pandora Spankingham-Wopp says:

      Is this the Nigel Farage who devotes himself to prisoner causes (because so many of his MEPs have been jailed), who is so keen on closer relations with Europe that he has set a personal example with Latvia and who will be unavailable for the next year as he is starring as Parker in the new Thunderbirds movie?

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      • 408
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Ashley Mote – was convicted unlawfully and illegally – It is clear from the evidence that his own Barrister ‘stitched him up’. Mote doesn’t even know it.

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        put the kettle on says:

        No

        tosser

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    typo error. The surcharge is 6.9% on balances under € 100K and 9.9% (!!!) on balances over € 100K. Hmm, after Cyprus, why not Eire and the club med economies?

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      Sky (The BBC aren't interested) says:

      Anyone with savings in a Cyprus bank will lose some of their money under a ground-breaking bailout deal agreed by European finance ministers.

      Bank customers will pay a levy of up to 9.9% on their savings, a charge which will raise nearly 6bn euros (£5.1bn).

      Cyprus is the fifth country to seek a bailout following Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain but the terms of the deal are a radical departure from previous schemes.

      Finance ministers have agreed to lend the indebted island 10bn euros but in return the public will be forced to forfeit part of their savings.

      http://news.sky.com/story/1065567/cyprus-bailout-savers-lose-money-in-eu-deal

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        Romoleleordun says:

        What’s the betting those in the know will have got their money out in advance?

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          The BLC says:

          Savers in the UK have paid a higher levy via interest rates below inflation. We had 5.2% RPI with a 0.5% base rate, so a 4.7% levy (plus tax)
          Last June the BoE imposed a higher levy on us when they introduced the Funding for Lending Scheme to trash rates even more for savers.

          Our sterling devaluation is not just felt by savers it’s felt when you use earnings to buy such as fuel, energy etc

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          • In Gold I Trust says:

            This is a warning to people everywhere to once again start transacting business in cash, where possible, buy some gold sovereigns and generally keep as little as possible in bank accounts.

            Governments cannot be trusted and they are definitely not protecting their citizens.

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          • Stand and Deliver says:

            This will set the precedent for other EU states getting bailouts (more debt) from the EU bank. FFS if a company or individual goes bust you don’t give them a new f_cking credit card and bank loan. Utter madness. Move to cash keep your savings really safe by moving them out of banks, that clueless fucker George will be thinking ‘what a good idea’

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      • 198
        georgious Popadopopopolopolus says:

        Pay your taxis

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    Nige says:

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      Gordon Bailout says:

      I love bailouts. The only thing that I love more than a bailout is a new tax. And now the Germans have come up with a WASH & GO bailout.

      It makes me all … Giggity!

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      • 236
        dacorum says:

        I predict that Cypriot bank depositors, having had 10% of their deposits stolen from them, will withdraw the remaining 90% of their deposits and so bring the Cypriot banking system crashing down! And I would expect that there will be social unrest and resentment on an unprecedented scale.

        Who in their right mind would leave money on deposit in a Cypriot bank? And what message does that give to depositors in Greek banks – if there are any left – except to withdraw all their remaining funds as soon as possible? I would also suggest that this action will hasten the runs on Spanish and Portuguese banks.

        The EU may have just cut their own throat with this act of theft.

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  63. 190
    Eric Joyce says:

    Donald, where’s me troosers?

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  64. 201
    albacore says:

    Erm, we’re ruled by the E U and never voted for that
    We have less say on immigration than Larry the cat
    And where we aren’t yet displaced, the N H S kills at will
    You can’t even trust an M P with an expenses bill
    So what use have we got for liberty or a free press?
    It’s got me beat. Would anybody care to take a guess?

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      Casual Observer says:

      But it didn’t have to be that way.

      Back in 1999 the US wanted us to join NAFTA.

      This article is interesting, if not for the characters: Rob!n C0ok, C0nrad Bl@ck, Chr!s Huhne…

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/1346773/We-back-Britain-joining-Nafta-says-US-senator.html

      This was when Huhne was very pro-EU.

      May have worked out better if gone in that direction.

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        Your Friendly Neighbourhood Careful-What-You-Wish-For Service says:

        Phil Gramm, the US Senator in that link, is an interesting character.
        According to his Wikipedia entry, he was a co-author of two Acts of Congress which have had long-range effects, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act (budget sequestration) and the Gramm-Bliley-Leach Act (loosening of banking regulation). We are sure that both of these pieces of legislation were well-intended and if properly applied may actually have worked as they ostensibly were meant to do, but in both instances the Clemenceau rule should have applied (“War is far too important a matter to be left to generals”). Leaving all sorts of circumventions available in budgetary matters, but forcing Congress to actually crassly openly employ them, would work as a shaming tactic if politicians actually had any shame. Likewise, implementation of the integration of lending and securities arms of de-regulated financial services firms cannot ever have been a good idea, absent the wisdom of underwriting principles that a more effective integration of the insurance arms would have brought, had they been made to integrate them more.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Gramm

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          Casual Observer says:

          Thought I recognized the name.

          http://www.salon.com/2012/06/07/phil_gramm_the_success_of_failure/

          This is the lunatic who was responsible for further deregulation post S+L crisis, and I would argue is the origin of ‘Brownonomics’.

          No surprise he ended up at U.B.S. (retired 2012, but still adviser, so they are not out of the woods yet).

          Gramm-Leach-Bliley, which revoked most of the important parts of Glass-Steagall was responsible for the financial collapse in 2007/8: Gramm is widely regarded as being somewhere in the top 10 of the 25 individuals most responsible.

          If UK had joined NAFTA in 1999, a combination of Brown with Gramm could have done the job properly. However, joining the Euro would have made matters much worst.

          Do wonder who he works for. More digging required.

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          • Tay King-dePisse says:

            One wonders in vain why there cannot be a modern-day Jack Cade, only this time his cry would be, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the economists!” (yeah yeah, I know, it’s his mate Dick who actually says the line about the lawyers). (He also had a good idea with making it a felony to serve small beer, but I digress…) Economists do not have a Thomas More argument as lawyers do, though (“I should give the Devil the benefit of Law, that I may have it when I shall need it”). This fact only makes having a modern-day Cade all the more desirable.

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    grow up says:

    Nasty party?
    I suppose you were too young to attend the anti-war demo eh Owen?

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  66. 213
    Another day wasted arsing around Edinburgh with stinking old socialist bags, thick scrounging students and Fat ugly Labour voting fuck ups. says:

    The BBC is a disgrace.

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  67. 214
    Eric Cartman says:

    I’m over here now.

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  68. 222
    EU Watch says:

    The ultimatum was: Tax depositors or leave the EU. Nice parking:

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      EU Watch says:

      And Verhofstadt looks like a child abuser, as the financial r@pe victims in Cyprus may be able to express more directly. Nice remark.

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      damned impertinent questions says:

      A recent study of UN peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus concluded that neither side could now afford to make peace.the UN peacekeeping spend was so huge they had to remain in conflict unless it was taken away. Meanwhile scores of UN Consultants on $1000 a day remain on site, never mind the other support and committments

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    I fucking despise the scrounging, time wasting , labour voting scum in Edinburgh! says:

    Shitty hands! Labour scumbags are already fully behind Levenson draconian ideas! Don’t see the point of the threat mail. Ed needs to keep on top of the press to try to win the next election.

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  70. 231
    Capitalism v Socialism says:

    I once met someone who was such a staunch ultra far left socialist, she had opinions that even most die hard Marxists would balk at, such as that since the economy can already thrive without all the people who are unemployed, then we should spread the wealth by giving more generous benefits! Someone pointed out to her that all the things she enjoys and uses, from electricity to cornflakes to clothes to the internet all came from capitalism. None of those things could’ve been created by a socialist society. She had no answer to that.

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    • 254
      BBC Sc-um on iplayer says:

      Was it Harriet Self Harming before she shaved off he ‘tache for the sisterhood Jaqueline Dromey?

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    • 318
      Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

      I’ve heard it said Tesla wanted to freely distribute electrical energy throughout the globe but his funding was pulled.

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        Casual Observer says:

        Yes. His backer, the banker JP M0rgan, wasn’t too happy about that idea.

        The transmission was something similar to radio. A prototype was built at Wardenclyffe, but destroyed in 1917.

        If you look on the web you can find circuits which allow trickle charging of batteries using commercial radio transmissions. Same principle, just lower power. Science and parts required very cheap and simple.

        Crystal radio sets are another example of the principle.

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        • 346
          Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

          I vaguely remember owning a Crystal radio, I think I had to tickle it to make it work.

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        • 355
          Blowing Whistles says:

          They have tried to kill the Tesla free energy – method off because it don’t make them massive profits.

          Mother Nature rules this Planet – not Al fucking gore and his puppet-string pulling bankers.

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          • Pope Francis the Unlucky says:

            yes, she is starting to shake us off now as we have got to be too much of an infestation.

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    gramma says:

    OT. Must give it to the Welsh. Best rendition of ‘God save the Queen’ in many a day. [ But then it’s a passionate Rugby crowd.] – There’s lovely Bach.

    Come on England!

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    damned impertinent questions says:

    “pictures of Hugh Grant on a bad hair day…”

    Surely you meant bad hooker day

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1306866/As-Hugh-Grant-hits-50-track-Divine-Brown–LA-hooker-wrecked-image-lost-Liz-Hurley.html

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    • 246
      Lip Watch says:

      She has remarkably big lips!

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    • 476
      Expat Geordie says:

      My girlfriend has saved a poster from her student days at Abertay University in Dundee in the mid-90’s. It is for a student bash of some description, with THAT photo of Hugh Grant next to THAT photo of Divine Brown, with the headline words:

      BLOW YOUR GRANT

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  73. 237
    Lock them up and throw away the Key says:

    It’s only taken the BBC the best part of a day to realise that there is a crisis within their beloved EU.

    They are now reporting on the Great Bank Robbery of Cyprus.

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    • 250
      Jason Aris says:

      The banks are something else now they are stealing customers deposits (I bet any outstanding loans/mortgages aren’t reduced by 10%)

      If I was a Cypriot depositor I would take the lot out and crash the whole system, I cannot see the Russian Mafia taking this lying down maybe a few bankers or the Troika will be ‘rubbed out’ a couple of months down the line.

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      • 272
        Whose money is it anyway? says:

        Accounts in Cyprus have been frozen, even cash point withdrawals! They really are thieving criminals.

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  74. 240
    Beowulff says:

    We’re coming up to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid of the Second World War and the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War in both of which wars so many of our countrymen and women gave their lives that we might have free speech.

    I begin to feel really ashamed of my country and particular of our MPs that they seem prepared to surrender the free speech won at such a cost, just because a few pansies don’t like being found with their pants down, and because the MPs didn’t want us to know that they steal from us by fiddling their expenses.

    I’m glad that my parents and grandparents did not have to witness this disgusting betrayal of all that England was supposed to stand for.

    I hope Guido you publish a list of how these creatures vote on Monday, not that we can do much other than to slag them off right left and centre in future and vote for whoever might support a return to free speech.

    We should also remember that it was Cameron who stupidly set off down this path and that if the voters chose to go down the path of totalitarian control perhaps the trains might run on time.

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    • 248
      Davey Fail says:

      Quite. I too was thinking much the same. Cameron did not have to set up the Leveson Luvvy inquisition, I can’t for the life of me understand why he caved in to Red Ed and the Guardianistas. It was not until late this week when it was too late that he finally rumbled their game.

      All he had to do was set up some body that would oversee the statute law of the United Kingdom applied to our press. FFS there is no need for another bill/quango/commission/regulatory body, all the laws required already exist and just need to be enforced.

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      • 253
        Anonymous says:

        The saddest and most telling thing in all of this over the past 10 years is indeed to have watched and to be watching to this day the decline and disintegration of the Conservative Party.

        How and, moreover, why on earth did it happen? Can the situation be reversed, or have we lived through the demise of a once-great political party?

        It really is true that there is not a jot of difference nowadays between the 3 main political parties. And they wonder (do they?) why we ordinary citizen-serfs feel such contempt for the political class. Or perhaps they don’t give a toss?

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          Anonymous says:

          The saddest and most telling thing in all of this over the past 10 years is indeed to have watched and to be watching to this day the decline and disintegration of the Conservative Party.

          We English are set to become a minority in the land of our ancestors within two generations and you’re worried about the survival of the f-ing tory party? You need to seriously get your priorities right.

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    • 251
      Anonymous says:

      I dont see that Cameron could have done anything else but have an enquiry , dont forget he had Milliband (and his no hopers on the labour front bench),bleating about it non stop and throwing Millie Dowlers name in to the mix(special low voice)just remember what it was like.I think Milliband is a malign influence.

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      • 258
        Shut up or be silenced says:

        But isn’t it now a sinister time. Non of the mainstream media dare mention the Dowler’s sexual behaviour, the McCann’s baby sitting arrangements, Mosely’s n@zi orgy Alan Partridge’s cocaine habit, Mungo Grant’s philandering or Anne Diamond’s madness.

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        • 295
          Anonymous says:

          Its laughable that people with such strange hobbies are deciding what happens re newspaper censorship ! do they think we dont remember about their antics ?

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    • 288
      Bluto says:

      +1

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    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Lovely picture of High. User of prostitutes.

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    BBC Sc-um on iplayer says:

    Yeah. Time for government to go on a diet and keep its fat sweaty hands from grasping even more of our hard won rights & freedoms. We are moving further into the grip oppression. I have had enough!

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    I LOVE MY EU GOLD PLATED PENSION says:

    Do you think the Government Cyprus theft couldn’t happen here?

    Savings Interest rates are now only 1% so I think I’ll be taking all my money out on Monday and putting it under my mattress or elsewhere. I’m not gonna let that happen to me.

    Think carefully, think very carefully, you think it couldn’t happen here or something like it?

    I trust myself and my family, other than that no one, no one at all!

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  78. 273
    Desiree Brown says:

    Hugh ! You know i charge a dollar an inch ,so next time you make $2 give me a call

    https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTaQxLlRfeRo_ITpeueuzPaYvMMxfaPCS4VuMlmJI81OpleeOWI

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  79. 276
    Vacant Possession says:

    Whilst I have sympathy for the McCanns and others and expect the law to use the existing mechanisms for the pursuit of offenders, …

    I have absolutely no sympathy for any celeb whatever their background if they can’t be bothered to read their phone manual and change the password.

    It was ‘naughty’ listening to their voicemail, nothing more than that; So get over it and stop trying to use the law to hide your peccadillos and in so doing enable the politicians to ease in state controlled media.

    If that’s what you want, move to Syria and good riddance.

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  80. 279
    I LOVE MY EU GOLD PLATED PENSION says:

    war on the ordinary people of europe is now on

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  81. 284
    Point of Information says:

    Did they actually complain about something that does not exist ?

    If so, they perhaps should lay off of the acid.

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  82. 287
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

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      JH54649675434 says:

      I’m sure that the BBC will explain that the Cypriot saver fleecing caper matters to us because it provides yet more proof, as if we needed comrades, of the brilliance of the EU and how we should join the Euro and vote Labour immediately.

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  83. 289
    Anonymous says:

    you should all empty your bank accounts on monday,

    the phoney war has ended, the real war has just begun.

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  84. 291
    In the Brownies! says:

    I think Grant has been taking it up the magic circle for decades now. The press are chasing his next trick. :)

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  85. 294
    Tricky Dicky's University of Old News says:

    Everything Brown touches turn to sh*t. Which explains Grant’s crap acting skills. How did Grant last so long in the film industry? The guy has no role anymore, so he is now the moosh of hacked off!

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    • 488
      JH54649675434 says:

      I accidentally watched a bit of Passenger 57 the other day, it had Hugh-era Liz Hurley in it as a stewardess-cum-terrorist.

      My god, she was stunning back then. She really was.

      Hugh Grant, you are an arsehole.

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  86. 296
    The University of Neanderthals need to move on BBC iplayer says:

    Repeat for all eternity!

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  87. 297
    anusymous says:

    well the sheep shaggers have won the rugby which quite possibly means taffy will be along shortly to litter these here parts with shite music and the fetid textual scrapings of his damaged brain.

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  88. 299
    Blair's answer to the Falklands War says:

    One Hundred and Ninety THOUSAND Iraqis dead.

    And still not a peep from Chilcott.

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  89. 300
    Life-long England Supporter says:

    Well played Wales. By far the better team.

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  90. 302
    Andy Burnham joke night says:

    A 75 Year Old Lady rings her local NHS hospital and this conversation follows:

    ‘Hello I’d like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree. She was admitted last week with chest pains and I just want to know if her condition has deteriorated, stabilised or improved?’

    ‘Do you know which ward she is in?’

    ‘Yes, ward P, room 2B’

    ‘I’ll just put you through to the nurse station.’

    ‘Hello, ward P, how can I help?’

    ‘I would just like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree, I was wondering if her condition had deteriorated, stabilised or improved?’

    ‘I’ll just check her notes. I’m pleased to say that Mrs Tiptree’s condition has improved. She has regained her appetite, her temperature has steadied and after some routine checks tonight, she should be well enough to go home tomorrow.’

    ‘Oh that’s wonderful news, I’m so happy, thank you ever so much!’

    ‘You seem very relieved, are you a close friend or relative?’

    ‘No, I’m Mrs Tiptree in room 2b. Nobody tells you f**k all in here

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      The Nuremberg Tribunal says:

      Andy Burnham can tell that one while he’s waiting his sentence, but I think we’d better make sure he is wearing his nappy before we tell it to him.

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  91. 304
    Karl Marx's EU says:

    All savings are theft.

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  92. 305
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    What the Standard and the White report found inexcusable was the council’s refusal – led by Margaret Hodge – to listen and act when experienced staff and terrified children tried to articulate what was going on. Their testimonies lifted the lid on horrific events that were taking place in Islington: teenagers selling sex from their council homes, a girl knifed by a sexual abuser inside a children’s unit, a girl and a boy who shared a bed with a known p**do phile, a 15-year-old boy fostered with a suspected p**dophile – overriding the vociferous protests of social workers – who later sexually abused the boy as predicted. We could go on and on.
    The tragedy was that from the moment these children came to live in the seemingly safe children’s homes under the care of Islington council, they became fair game.

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  93. 306
    Owen Jones says:

    North London Labour out in force to defend the whittington. Speakers Owen Jones, Jeremy Corbyn, David Lammy

    North London Labour out in force to #defendthewhittington. Speakers @owenjones84 @jeremycorbyn @davidlammy

    A photo posted by Gemma Tumelty (@msgemmalou) on

    Get in there Owen,you handsome brute.

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      A Plastic Bag says:

      The socialists are gathering at the killing zone, dreaming of year zero.

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    • 489
      JH54649675434 says:

      Those mongs couldn’t defend a Challenger 2 tank from a child with a water pistol.

      Somehow, it would get blown up, which would be Thatcher’s fault.

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  94. 316
    An Investor says:

    I would not recommend people leaving their money in banks anywhere in the EU.

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    • 317
      Hermann von Rentboy says:

      Next you will be obliged to take homeless immigrants into your homes. It is the right thing to do.

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      • 328
        Common Purpose says:

        There are no homeless immigrants in the EU paradise. Only exemplars of diversity on their way to join in the celebration.

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  95. 319
    Dan E Boil says:

    I have decided to review my celebration of the NHS for the Olympics. It will now be entitled “Dance around the Gulags”.

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  96. 320
    Gay Gordon says:

    I wish England all the best for the rugby.

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  97. 321
    101 ways to use a huhne says:

    If the BJ had been better (ie she had swallowed instead of spitting) then there would’ve ben no complaints

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  98. 329
    Anonymous says:

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  99. 338
    Cougan the twat says:

    Huge Rant is an overpaid, under employed, convicted sex offender who is pissed off that his antics were reported. He just wants censorship to ensure he can carry on without his misdeeds being highlighted, as if 99.99% of the populace give a toss anyway.

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  100. 340
    Jim says:

    Yes, but there is a large measure of self interest here from the media who take the cowardly defensive stance of attacking those they have wronged in the first place. Have the press no morals? As the other Jim might say “press freedom my arse”.

    BTW Hugh Grant is only one of many who have been hacked off and probably the least significant so why focus on him?

    The tactic is no better than that of the tobacco manufacturers’ claiming cigarettes are not harmful to health, and the whisky industry claiming their business will be hurt overseas by minimum pricing in the UK. They are certainly not interested in supporting the greater good.

    As the other Jim might say “press freedom my arse”.

    The gent who has been representing the Press on Newsnight (An ex-editor of NoW I think, whose name I do not know) is one of the most aggressive creatures I have ever wittnessed. He is doing your case more harm than good.

    He reminds me of that little cretin who propagandised on behalf of the tobacco industry.

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      Anonymous says:

      Hugh Grant is beeing mentione a lot because he has singled himself out more than the rest by giving interviews and providing soundbites for the media.Hilarious that he is making use of the media for his own ends (again)

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  101. 342
    The Treacherous Tosser in No 10 says:

    Frankly, – I don’t know my Vichy Arse from my €USSR elbow!

    I will now to take Quislings from the Audience!

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    Sucked off says:

    The question many of the men and women that fought and suffered to get a free press would ask is: “Is this lanky mummies-boy Actor a prick”

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  103. 348
    Saffron says:

    This NHS killing fields exposure of what went wrong is now becoming a national disgrace were people who were responsible for trying to cover it up via cash gagging orders should be exposed and prosecuted in no uncertain manner.
    We are talking here about people losing their lives due to box tickers meeting targets set by a crap set of politicians who were only interested in their own ends for political advantage.
    IMHO when we as a country accept this kind of behavour from the politico’s we vote in well we need to take a long hard look at ourselves as to what we expect the people we vote in to to represent our views.
    Do they all of them represent our views,well as has been seen in no uncertain terms via this NHS scandal,no they do not.
    The NHS as it is right now is not in general serving us well,it needs to be under more firm control and not carrying on as it does.
    Box ticking as a means of control is crap,as I have many times seen,auditing in a rigorous manner should be the way forward and in an unannouced manner.
    The NHS should now be under no illusions as to they are now coming under the spotlight and to me about time to.
    We need to stop this death factory approach dead in it’s tracks or are we a crap country who do not care.
    I don’t see right now people stepping up to the plate and taking responsibily and I don’t see that anytime soon.
    There are people involved in this who wish it would go away and IMHO I for one am with the people who have lost loved ones due to this box ticking/target driven scandal.
    Finally we are talking here about peoples lives being lost,is one persons live being lost because of political dogma crap,well in my opinion no contest.
    The culprits in this are alive and kicking,and how they sleep easy in their beds is frankly beyond me,but however there is KARMA.

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  104. 349
    Arse fuck for freedom says:

    Ukip steals a march on Tories

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9935179/Ukip-steals-a-march-on-Tories.html

    An ICM opinion poll for The Sunday Telegraph shows that a key group of Right-of-centre voters are much more attracted to Ukip’s policies on immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage than to the Tories’ stance on the issues.

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    • 351
      Anonymous says:

      “However, in a separate development, Sir Peter Tapsell became the first Conservative MP to state that he would be prepared to give up his safe Commons seat to let Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, return to Parliament.”

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      • 361
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Peter Tapsell – has hundreds of skeletons rattling in his own dirty cupboard.

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        • 429
          Peter Tatchell says:

          “Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.”

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  105. 350
    Casual Observer says:

    The plan for this in the UK was the recently discussed.

    It was called: Negative interest rates.

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  106. 352
    Anonymous says:

    I get the impression from the comments here that the average age of your readership is somewhere close to the current Lib Dem poll ratings.

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  107. 358
    Andy Bumhum says:

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  108. 363
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Oh, who cares as long as we reduce our carbon footprint ?

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  109. 366
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Hat tip to EU Watch over on Sat 7 for making me think.

    He said of the legitimacy of the Euro.

    I say what legitimacy of the Euro and the EU.

    Don’t the Audited Accounts of the EU – just prove its illigitimacy? Discuss …

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    • 394
      EU Watch says:

      The euro has no legitimacy as it is not backed by anything. It is less legitimate than the $ as it does not even have a true fiat backing as the EU has no legitimacy.

      The EU lacks any form of legitimacy as a political entity as it exists without demos.

      We are seeing kratus being displayed now, which people should rebel against.

      If they do not, they will find themselves living under a tyranny, which truth be told they have for some years now.

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  110. 367
    The 4th Reich says:

    So how can the EU confiscate 10% of the savings of a sovereign nation’s citizens?

    At least Hitler used tanks and troops and gave the other side a chance to defend itself.

    Like

    • 372
      An honest Tory says:

      Well, they can always refuse the bail out and lose everything. No one is forcing them to accept the terms.

      Like

      • 377
        Frau Merkel's victims says:

        They would not lose a penny. Declare Bankruptcy and start again with a clean slate. The losers would be the German Banks.

        Like

      • 379
        Frau Merkel's victims says:

        They would not lose a penny. Declare B@nkruptcy and start again with a clean sl@te. The losers would be the Germ@n Banks.

        Like

        • 380
          Frau Merkel's victims says:

          Sky reporting 60,000 Brits have had their savings robbed by the EU including servicemen and women.

          Like

        • 389
          An honest Tory says:

          Wrong. Just like the Greeks (if they default properly) the economy will collapse and there will be shortages of everything from hospital supplies to any imported foods to parts to maintain vital supplies such as water and power. And that is ignoring the need to sack most public employees. Given this situation the government would then be forced to increase taxes (including on savings) and consider expropriation. If you think this is an unlikely scenario take a look at cases like Argentina. Of course this also ignores the risks of local hyperinflation (reducing savings values to zero) and the domino risk to economies like Spain (which would mean added pain for us).
          I should say that I am not arguing what is better or worse. A purging of the system may be the best way forward. But you need to go into such events with open eyes.

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      • 392
        EU suckers for the Fifth Era says:

        Did the savers get a vote on this then.

        Like

        • 395
          EU Watch says:

          The Cypriots voted a government in 3 weeks back who stated in their manifesto than this approach with taxing bank deposits would be a political red line, and unacceptable.

          Look at what has happened.

          There should now be revolution.

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      • 407
        Hobson, The Famed Coach House Landlord Of Yore, says:

        Well, that’s giving them SOME kind of choice, at least.

        Like

  111. 368
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    In my country the government has a “hands off” approach to press regulation.

    Clearly you feeble Westerners are too decadent for the advanced approach that makes my country such a beacon of progress.

    As an intermediate step I demand that the Ministry of Truth (well you already have a Ministry of Justice) should allow only the Guardian to reprint government press releases.

    The Internet should be immediately shut down and commercial TV and radio forbidden. Advertising only promotes the wastefulness of competition. In my home country the government decides which of its friends can pay for right to monopolise a market. It worked so well for you in the enlightened Middle Ages and you are half way there with Richard Branson already.

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  112. 370
    Sucked off says:

    It would seem that with every move on the citizens of Europe the EUSSR get bolder and bolder; in moving closer to their end game they take more and more liberties – perhaps seeing how much they can get away with each time – before they bring about their desired result: an archy, breakdown and rev olt. At which point the EUSSR enact draconian laws and emergency po wers to suppress civil disobedience and take over completely.

    Time is running out for this vile 1 per cent, and his could be the only way, they now realise, that they are going to implement their final solution.

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    • 374
      Sir Bumley Foghorn MP (Much Ranting in the Shires) says:

      Hrmmph. And I thought the more inbred citizens of Much Ranting were one apple short of a bushel.

      Like

      • 385
        EU suckers for the Fifth Era says:

        We do hope you’ve kept your money nicely available because we’re coming to take our fair share, Sir Bumley.

        Like

      • 391
        Back on t' old days when I had t' doff me cap to a gent says:

        Nice to see those old fashioned lefty trolls reveal a suppressed desire to be a whip cracking toff.

        Like

  113. 371
    Sir Bumley Foghorn MP (Much Ranting in the Shires) says:

    Waltzing with Rupert
    Waltzing with Rupert
    Guido is waltzing with Rupert for pay
    And he lies
    And he spins
    And he writes exactly what he’s told
    Guido’s a fat bellied pisshead all day

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  114. 375
    Hacked off's propaganda is gutter fodder. says:

    Has anyone said or justified why it’s wrong for the press to:

    Report Max Mosely’s orgies with women dressed in German soldiers uniform given who his father was?

    Report that the Portuguese plod had found a full DNA match of Madeleine in a car that the McCann’s hired 5 weeks after the girl went missing?

    Report Steve Cougan’s drug problems given his young audience?

    Report on Anne Diamond’s cot death given that she went on to fund cot death research in partnership with the paper who ran the story?

    The only one of these High profile victims who may have suffered at the hands of the press may be the Dowlers but it is said that her voice mails were deleted by the phone company as a matter of routine anyway. And given that they suffered far more from cross examination in open court from the likes of Lawyers such as Lewis and Leveson then Hacked off are hypocrites. Don’t forget Rebekah Brooks and Mrs Dowler became friends and united to find justice.

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    • 383
      An honest Tory says:

      It is probably worth taking your points in turn. No one should be held responsible for their fathers, but even if this were the case the fact that Bernie Ecclestone set up the sting for nefarious reasons and Murdoch’s minions took the bait casts doubt on the public interest angle. The problem with the McCanns was the heavily implied suggestion that the dna match implied guilt. Since the car had held multiple clothing and objects with Madeleine’s dna on them it proved only that modern dna testing is sensitive. I assume that if it is in order to report Coogan’s drug use you would equally expect George Osbornes drug use to be a subject of press coverage. It is irrelevant to any view of an offence whether the victim subsequently is involved with the offender. If it were relevant then presumably Cameron would immediately cut all ties with Theresa May.
      Really, if you are going to make a case on something like this, where arguments do exist for both sides, then you should try harder.

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      • 387
        Hacked off's propaganda is gutter fodder. says:

        1) Do you wear a tin foil hat?
        2) It was a full DNA match (see video below) and that is what the press reported and as a result the PJ made them suspects and that is what the press reported.
        3)Osborne took it on the chin like a man.

        Why should the freedom of the press be curtailed for reporting the truth?

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        • 390
          Full DNA Match says:

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        • 398
          An honest Tory says:

          Oh dear. I will try to put this in simple terms. The dna match would be a full match if the car came into contact with clothing worn by the child. The reporting went well beyond the arguido status. An arguido is distinct from a suspect in Portuguese law, a fact which seemed to escape the British press, perhaps understandably since no similar status exists in UK law. Arguido is a status used to enable formal questioning in particular circumstances.
          Given that George (and Dave) took legal (and other) moves to suppress what they could following the Natalie Rowe revelations in 2005 (including attempting to remove from multiple sources on the internet the infamous Bullingdon photo) I would hardly say Georgie ‘took it on the chin’.
          Do try harder.

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  115. 381
    Scientology weirdo alert says:

    Err no. The adverts you see are targeted at the profile you have created from your own browsing habits.

    Like

  116. 382
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Been careful with your money ?? Got a few quid put aside for a rainy day ?

    Labour are coming after you :)

    Like

    • 388
      Liberal Socialism a cult to believe in says:

      Or even anyone with any money.
      Yoiks Yaroo what a whizzey scheme.
      Just need to get Lieba-Beeba on board first.

      Like

    • 393
      Casual Observer says:

      I think this mong has missed the point that the levy has been applied on all, not just the rich.

      Like

    • 399
      Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

      I’ll be pinching this idea, that’s for absolute certain.

      Like

  117. 396
    That's my Boy... Chris Huhne says:

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  118. 397
    EU Watch says:

    Spain protests today:

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  119. 402
    Ed Mili says:

    I always said I wanted a bank tax.

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  120. 403
    Timmy Tin Foil says:

    Ah-so… Guido’s taking the L. Ron Buzzard shilling, you’re telling us?
    (Some of us just get adverts for dodgy financial advice on our screens.)
    Are you sure it isn’t just because you Google’d the subject matter of the link below, after which “personalised” adverts came up, based on cookies, or some other explanation like that? Why am I not seeing it?

    http://order-order.com/2013/03/16/hacked-offs-blackmail-letter-to-miliband/#comment-1635999

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  121. 405
    fitz fitz says:

    Pipsqueak Hugh is the leftists’ dupe … let’s have Divine Brown over for a chat show appearance …

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  122. 406
    +1 says:

    Tory MP Douglas Carswell added: ‘We should all be extremely worried about this development. This shows that ordinary Europeans are being fleeced by the continent’s elite in order to rescue foolish banks.

    ‘Why would you risk putting your money in Greek, Spanish or Portuguese banks after this?’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294388/ATMs-emptied-Cyprus-savers-learn-10billion-euro-bailout-agreement-includes-levy-bank-accounts.html

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  123. 410
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Message to the modders – do you lot even begin to comprehend hypocrisy of the highest order – you twats.

    10:22 pm – The Citation of article 19. Sort it you dumbclutzes.

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  124. 411
    EU Terrorists says:

    So what will Dave do about the 60,000 Brits (including service personnel) who have been robbed by the EU?

    Gordon made the Icelandic banks Terrorists, will Dave do the same?

    Like

  125. 413
    Spanish Flea says:

    Is Santander UK safe from the EU?

    I realise if it goes bust the first £85k is safe but is it safe from an asset grab by the EU elite?

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    • 417
      UK Watch says:

      The first GBP 85k is only safe if the account it is held in is UK Regulated.

      That is independent of the status of the bank itself.

      That is a detail worth checking, especially in the light of the recent EU ruling on the Span!sh property laws which could spark instability in Spa!n again.

      Now is the time to shift paper into Gold.

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    • 433
      P Piper says:

      Are account holders safe from Satannerd ?
      The little ones certainly aren’t. Those that aren’t killed off are leaving the sinking ship in hordes.

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  126. 416
    Blowing Whistles says:

    De-Mod it. The 10:22 pm posting which shows the height of hypocrisy. And don’t disappear another prompt for you to do so.

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  127. 418
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And the m00ders come in at 10:22 … hypocrites.

    Like

  128. 419
    Storm clouds over Camoron says:

    Camoron has a dream, so do I, hopefully I will be able to make it come true in 2015 or sooner.

    Like

  129. 421
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Hugh Grant is just a dumbfuck celeb who knows sweet FA about the true machinations of dirty politicians – just like that thick narcissistic music celeb BONO.

    Like

    • 463
      the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

      if you’d been in Ireland for any length of time you would know that all the Irish are politicians

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  130. 423
    Free Press and Free Country says:

    If you don’t want to be in the papers, don’t pay a black whore to suck your cock in a public place.

    Fuck you Grant, you middle class tosser.

    Golly, erm, Gosh!

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    • 426
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      I think all of us have done roughly what Grant did at some point, even if they aren’t going to fess up. Nothing to be embarrassed about, unless your mum or wife sees your mug shot on the telly over breakfast.

      But Grant was such a mong about it.

      Apparently $50 is all he paid.

      Given the money he was on, he could have spared a bit more than that, like in a ‘tip’. This is why I don’t buy the charity work angle he is trying to pull right now.

      D!vine played it right and has come up good. She is not trying to take away press freedom.

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  131. 425
    Guptas got talons says:

    India – the country to visit if you want to be gang-raped

    Cameron – stop giving these 3rd world barbarians our money you thiuck lefty arse-bandit

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  132. 427
    EU Watch says:

    So, the savings levy in Cyprus is not a done deal just yet. They will probably vote it through tomorrow, but if they don’t, Cyprus may be first to leave the Euro:

    Like

  133. 428
    UK Watch says:

    This should be appealed and a serious review ordered: It is not illegal to insult someone. The M!tchell case proved that beyond doubt:

    Like

    • 452
      Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

      If Cameron has blood on his hands, Blair and Labour must be drowning in it. Iraq, Afghanistan and the dreadful NHS for starters.

      Like

      • 469
        Fishy says:

        OI think that the silly cow was blaming Cameron for the ATOS / Employment and Support Allowance arrangements that Labour brought in

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  134. 434
    Cuckoo Spotter says:

    Apparently the Conservatives have been having a spring conference.

    
    

    But who on earth invited Cameron ? And why ?

    Like

    • 465
      BEGGORAH'S CRAIC says:

      Dave must have implemented new press censorship measures to stop them reporting it
      Or people no longer give a fuck

      Like

    • 471
      BBC says:

      Spring conference? Tories, you say? We haven’t got time to cover this.

      Like

  135. 437
    E Zanneffinnutta says:

    Eric the Half-Cu(n)t says he wasn’t pissed the other night in the bar at Westminster where he was involved in a brawl.
    If it wasn’t the booze talking then that makes matters even worse.
    What excuse does he have left ?

    Like

  136. 438
    Eric Joyce says:

    I fight for my constituents.

    Sorry, that should be I fight my constituents.

    Like

  137. 440
    Cockbusters says:

    Grant hasn’t had a hit film in quite a while. The last bona fide hit he had was the Bridget Jones sequel almost a decade ago, and even in that he was a supporting character. The hacking scandal has been a gift to him, as that’s the only thing that’s kept his name in the public eye. Certainly not the box office receipts of his recent output.

    Like

    • 447
      Colin Firth says:

      People realised I was a much better actor, if you needed a fairly handsome man around age 40 as a romantic lead. Plus, I didn’t have the baggage. Thanks for kick-starting my A-list career, Hugh. I’d never have won the Academy Award for The King’s Speech without starting to get all the starring roles that might have gone to you. Don’t know if I can ever really repay you.

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  138. 444
    DICK TURPIN says:

    The EU is about to steal money straight out of the bank accounts in Cyprus
    all people who live there will lose 10% of their savings as part of the bail out deal

    How come they never dreamed this scam up for Greece , Italy or Spain
    Maybe we will be next if they get away with it , it could be introduced for all EU plebs ?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/cyprus-rescued-with-10bn-bailout-but-savers-will-have-to-pay-8537313.html

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    • 450
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      If they go through with this it will really let the genie out of the bottle. Citizens across the eurozone and particularly in those countries under the most serious economic pressure will not be able to trust their governments to do the same when the EU apply the pressure.

      Given that interest rates are at rock bottom anyway what on earth is the incentive for your average Portuguese or Spaniard to keep money in a bank. Better to have it in hard cash or other physical assets like gold.

      This should open more people’s eyes to the authoritarian and oppressive EU and subservient national equivalents

      This really could be the beginning of the end as the alternative for Cyrpus seems to be Euro exit

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      • 460
        DICK TURPIN says:

        This could just be testing the water for the future , when if allowed to get away with it , all europeans bank accounts could be “Dipped” to pay for all political fuck ups and economic climate changes rather than the very public begging governments for bail out money

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        • 467
          BEGGORAH'S CRAIC says:

          Osborne on Sky ” British service personnel in Cyprus will be compensated by us for the loss of their savings while serving in Cyprus

          So the Taxpayer will also be contributing to this scam !

          Like

  139. 445
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Remember that all Grant’s posturing came about because he decided to get a bj off some skanky hooker on Hollywood Boulevarde and was caught by the rozzers.

    Press intrusion played no part in this.

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  140. 448
    Bless their pointy little heads. says:

    I see Santander (Spanish) are doing a lot of advertising for business on the telly, rather think the Cyprus ‘Robbery by bank’ would deter anybody in their right mind from opening an account with any bank based in the EU Euro zone, the fall-out could be spectacular.

    Like

  141. 449
    Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

    Press freedom is far to precious to allow a bunch of easily swayable and even corrupt MPs to decide on. Let’s have a Referendum.

    Like

  142. 454
    Busted flush says:

    Jesus. Here we go with the foppish bore given free reign to bang on about leveson

    Like

  143. 455
    Busted flush says:

    Jesus. Here we go with the foppish bore given free reign to bang on about leveson.

    Like

  144. 456
    albacore says:

    Well, blow me down – global warming’s just a scam
    We won’t be melting into raspberry jam
    Anyway, old Brits were never affected
    What reason did we have to feel dejected?
    It’s the N H S and vast immigration
    That are fast wiping us out as a nation

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294560/The-great-green-1-The-hard-proof-finally-shows-global-warming-forecasts-costing-billions-WRONG-along.html

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    • 464
      Bless their pointy little heads says:

      Wrong, wrong, wrong!
      Knew it all along,
      Billions spent on Windmill sprockets,
      Politicians line their pockets

      Like

  145. 457
    Ed Balls says:

    George Osborne, George Osborne, George Osborne, George Osborne, George Osborne, George Osborne, George Osborne…

    Like

  146. 458
    Sposa says:

    Well said. As there is to be a vote in Parliament though, the Royal Charter, as proposed by Cameron, must be passed as the lesser of two evils and all MPs should be urged to vote for it.

    Like

  147. 459
    Hymms and Ariahs says:

    Hugh Grant……………. public enemy Number One

    Like

  148. 461
    Cwm Rhondda and Delilah says:

    It was Cameron ‘s idea to start up Leveson when he could not shake off Milliband and now he appears in danger of scoring on own goal without ever getting the ball out of his own half.

    Like

  149. 462
    BEGGORAH'S CRAIC says:

    I would just like to wish a Happy St Patricks Day to the 7.5 Billion Irish Ex Pat’s (pun intended)who now inhabit every country on earth
    Especially America

    Like

  150. 468
    Kilroy says:

    Racist parades should be banned

    Like

  151. 473
    Fishy says:

    …but he’s decided to turn down the job – it meant getting up too early

    Like

  152. 475
  153. 477
    Mr Curious says:

    “Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Sq stns will be busy”

    Is it actually a march, or are they traveling everywhere by Tube?

    Like

  154. 478
    Without Balls, Labour have a chance. says:

    “Deficit rising. Debt spiralling [sic]”

    And Balls’s only ‘solution’ is to borrow even more.

    Like

  155. 481
  156. 482
    Geordieboy says:

    20,000 NHS Deaths. Labour health ministers answer to cutting the Pension Budget without calling it a tax.

    Like

  157. 485

    Ordinary members of the public need protection from the high pressure, highly financed Hacked Off group. Free speech and expression of opinions forever!

    Like

  158. 497
    Rutters chipmunk cheeks says:

    Hugh Grant is an utter c.unt. Jon stewart refuses to ever have him back on his lefty Daily Show because of Grant’s seriously odious, rude, egotistical behavior to the programmes crew.

    Like

  159. 498
    Rutters chipmunk cheeks says:

    Hugh Grant is an utter c.unt. Jon stewart refuses to ever have him back on his lefty Daily Show because of Grant’s seriously odious, rude, egotistical behavior to the programmes crew. Ban him from politics too.

    Like

  160. 499
    Anonymous says:

    i am surprised you don’t know who’s funding hacked off, one guess!
    common purpose just the same as leverson

    Like

  161. 500
    Blowing Whistles says:

    It’s out there and the plod better do somethin about it – or the public will.

    Like

  162. 501
    Sucked Off! says:

    ‘Hacked Off’ should be immediately renamed as ‘Sucked Off’.

    Can anyone knock up a poster with the Hugh Grant police mugshot? Then head it:

    Sucked Off! Moral Guardians my Arse.

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  163. 502
    Anonymous says:

    why was comment removed?
    Andy

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  164. 503

    These middle class twats went on holiday and cynically left their infants alone while they buggered off to a restaurant with their middle class mates , they got the biggest media coverage the world has ever seen over their poor kid all thanks to the press now they repay that with destroying our whole nations right to a free press

    Well done you , I hope you suffer in the future as a result of your stupid meddling with over 150 years of free debate

    Like

  165. 504
    Tomlad says:

    Does anyone know what Party Lord Leveson supports. I bet he is a left winger who supported Blair and Brown.

    Like


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