March 18th, 2013

McMental’s Revenge: Brown SpAd Will End Press Freedom

With a twist of the knife, the statutory underpinning of the Royal Charter will be put forward in the Lords this afternoon by former Gordon Brown Special Adviser Lord Wilf Stevenson. Loyal Guido readers will remember Stevenson’s role as the Director of Brown’s leadership slush fund the Smith Institute, a position he was forced to resign from after heavy criticism from the Charity Commission. Guido’s sustained campaign to make that happen can be found here.

The Prime Mentalist and his allies are having their revenge for exposure of their dodgy ways.


  1. 1
    les says:

    I am getting mixed messages – Is there press regulation or not??


    • 3
      Caveman Dave says:


      • 52
        Anonymous says:

        I don’t think changes to press regulations in going to stop press from exposing wrong doing MPs may do.

        It would be useful if media is made to publish all meetings, phone calls, etc media owners and editors have with front line politicians of all parties. This will reduce dodgy dealings from happening.


    • 4
      Steve Miliband says:

      Whatever anyone spins, yes. Expect Hugh Grant to bring it up at PMQ’s.


      • 44
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        These political class cockroaches really need to be put up against the wall.


        • 56
          Wall Scrubber says:

          And you know who will be scooping up the bits of skull and brains for minimum wage. I would vote in any party that opts for hangings over the totalitarian glory of the firing squad.


      • 71
        Morgan's Organ says:

        The DIVINE Huge Grunt has enjoyed a very close association wth ithe BROWN family and is happy to have helped ‘ Sucked Off’ reach this wonderful mutual climax to their campaign.


    • 51



  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    First they came for the “racists”, no-one said nothing, then they came for “offensive ” tweets, still nothing was said, then they came for “offensive” T-shirts, again no-one said nothing, now they come for the free press/blogs……is there time to say anything?


    • 17
      Wyle Cop says:

      No, B1lly but just get yourself down to your bank and take your money out before they slap a “Solidarity Tax” on us, too.


      • 19
        George WTF Osborne says:

        British taxpayers will compensate armed forces people who lose money. But we’re definitely not affected by this new tax.


  3. 5
    Tuscan Tony says:

    It’s only a matter of time before the MSM completely reverses itself into the charter-free blogosphere, as The Sun has started to do with you. Expect to see you promoted to editor shortly, and the virtual Murdoch presses moved to sunny California.


  4. 6
    Centre Parting says:

    Hopefully, we can rely on the sensible folks of the Lords to dismiss this.


    • 9
      Anonymous says:

      They have stuff to hide and there will be jobs on the new quango,so that won’t happen.


      • 23
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        Probably depends on how much “stuff” Murdoch and the others have on them – and are prepared to use ruthlessly. Blackmail works both ways!


  5. 7
    Swiss Bob says:

    That blow job cost the people of England dearly.


  6. 8
    Gordon the medicated says:

    Revenge of the Sith


  7. 10
    Cougan the twat says:

    Brown didn’t get a blow job – did he ? or was that Divine his long lost cousin.


  8. 11
    Sarah Macauley says:

    Leave my contractual husband/hero alone.


  9. 12
    Fishy says:

    Miliband now on the radio trying to give the impression that the Royal Charter was his /Gleggy’s idea.

    It sounds like he is the one that has climbed down and he is clutching at straws. What a pathetic creature he is.

    The BBC interviewer did fail to ask Miliband how he had got from insisting on full Leveson intervention to where he is now.


    • 16
      Mitch says:

      TBH I’ve got no idea what’s been agreed. Everybody is giving us their own version of what’s happened.

      Late night deals and false deadlines – is this really the way to govern?


    • 18
      BBC Producer says:

      You didn’t honestly expect a fair and balanced interview on the BBC did you?


      • 59
        Fishy says:

        You’re right. I’ve just heard a BBC reporter buy-in to ‘Milband’s royal charter’.


      • 96
        BBC = Brainwashing says:

        Dan Hodges says founder member of Hacked Off was Editor of R4 Today prog.

        Says it all, doesn’t it?


    • 85
      Lord Straw Man, another Liebor Imposter says:

      Do leave me out of this please

      I am pretending to be a gentleman in Oxfordshire nowadays

      Having wrecked Britain’s international reputation

      I may even be anointed as an honorary member of ther Chipping Norton Set to replace the others who are locked up


  10. 13
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Hacked Off’s website is remarkably coy about the great and not so good on their board. Just gives their occupations, and photos, nothing about their political affiliations, or expertise in libel law… The website doesn’t link to recent accounts for some odd reason. Are Hacked Off campaigning about the dodgy practices at The Mirror, for some odd reason, Trinity Mirror’s share price dropped like a brick last week.

    No-one voted for them.


  11. 14
    Anonymous says:

    “Loyal Guido readers” will also remember Guido’s failure to join the fight against the law-breaking Murdoch, and will also censure Guido for his antagonism towards any move to break Murdoch’s hold on the media.
    Leveson’s refusal to cover the issue of press ownership produced this unreal discussion about how to ensure the over-mighty press behaves.


    • 24
      Fishy says:

      In what way has Murdoch broken the law?

      How is NI different from other press wrongdoers (hint: Motorman)

      What is your issue about press ownership? If you don’t like what a paper publishes, don’t buy it. Newspaper purchases aren’t compulsory, unlike your subscription to the BBC; The BBC, the ‘mightiest’ media organisation in the world and one that has a reach of 90% for its (left leaning) drive time news provision. Not much plurality there is there?


    • 68
      Wall Scrubber says:

      The only way to get a message out these days is by spraying it with paint on a flyover. Car drivers actually read this stuff you know.

      It keeps me in work too.


    • 81
      spanows says:

      “Murdoch’s hold on the media”…errr, less than 10% get their news from Sky. Less than 10% get their news from newspapers.

      However over 70% get their main news from TV and 70% of those get their news from the BBC. BBC also lion’s share of radio and online hit so…where’s Murdoch’s hold?


      • 98
        Blowing Whistles says:

        They all take a great deal of their running orders from Reuters – who are of course ultimately owned by you know who?


      • 100
        BBC = Brainwashing says:


        This is all about the Left taking their revenge on Murdoch. They couldn’t give a damn about the freedom of the press.


    • 117
      stuart says:

      Interesting to see this;

      Sun apologises for accessing MP’s stolen phone Siobhan McDonagh has accepted substantial damages from the Sun The Sun newspaper has apologised in the High Court for accessing private information on a stolen mobile phone belonging to a Labour MP.

      Police told Siobhan McDonagh her text messages had been accessed after her phone was stolen in October 2010

      The Sun – which has not admitted the theft of the phone itself – will pay the MP “very substantial damages

      The MP – who represents London constituency Mitcham and Morden – had her phone stolen from her car in south west London.

      Now I like the bit about the Sun “not admitting” that it had stolen this MP’s phone, in which case how did they obtain it?

      Interesting also that this article has surfaced on the BBC website in the wake of the agreement on press regulation.

      As it put’s the spotlight straight back on the Murdoch press and it’s activities, which with all due respect to Guido, appear to show that even after all of this, the press have learned nothing, about why they are now heading out of the last chance saloon door…


      • 127
        Captain Foulenough says:

        They learned nothing from Leveson, did they, when the incident in question happened in October 2010? Stealing phones and hacking into them, to say nothing of receipt of stolen goods, is illegal regardless of the posturing of Hacked Off.

        It disgusts me how easily fascists can cloak their authoritarian urges in the robes of anti-corporatism. Whether the urge is to restrict the sale of tobacco or tabloids deemed immoral the cry is always “it is the corporayshuuns we are attacking”.


  12. 15
    Marriage contract says:

    Am I allowed to say that Brown is a lying, bullying, sociopathic piece of shit in a s-h-a-m marriage to a l*sbian?


    • 29
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Why not – better do so before the window slams shut!


    • 31
      Casual Observer says:

      Yes. It would be better to leave salacious family detail out of it though and just focus on the one eyed sociopathic lunatic, whose problems likely stem from being e-streamed and not hugged enough when young.

      He is milking the injuries of a young child mercilessly to promote some of his UN stuff at the moment, but did fully cross to the dark side when he signed Lisbon behind everybody’s back.


      • 99
        Blowing Whistles says:

        I did not give my mandated vote for him or that twat Miliband snr to sign up to Lisbon. And if the EU enforcement policy officers come to my door they will get a thick ear and must provide 100% proof that I did vote for it ergo they can sling their hooks.


    • 33
      Anna Gramme says:

      I don’t like “piece” – change it to “mound”


    • 37
      Tincks says:

      Of course you can. Feel free to embarrass yourself in any way you like.


    • 78
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Sure you can. It’s the stuff people can actually PROVE that has the powers-that-be worried. People who bang on about shape-shifting lizards won’t be suppressed, because (A) other people think they’re nutters anyway and don’t set great store by what such bloggers say and (B) if the authorities try to swat the fly on the baby’s forehead with a sledgehammer, they’d look foolish, and it would take up too much of their time anyway. To an extent, bloggers are going to have to become Wise Men of Gotham, and slip in the real deal amongst all the dross. The trick will be to get the readers to cotton onto this, and for them to be able to separate wheat from chaff.


    • 102
      BBC = Brainwashing says:

      Don’t forget skiving, money-grubbing and shameless.


    • 122
      Truth said says:

      I think you have said it, he also as good as gave our GOLD away and lumbered the Country in a massive mess,he got rid of Boom and Bust and left us in a permanent state of BUST. One must remember that Miliband and Balls and Co were compliant in that cock up. Anyone voting Labour ever again must need Psychiatric treatment.


  13. 20
    a non says:

    Believe the HughGrant bill / Royal Charter after initial HoC approval will be subjected to the addition of extra teeth amendments in the Lords and sent back to the HoC for further perusal.
    The final result, when eventually passed will probably differ greatly from the compromise arrangements now being suggested.


  14. 21
    EU Watch says:

    Cyprus vote delayed to Friday:

    Put!n very negative on EU deal today.

    Not clear if banks will be open later this week. If they remain closed with no electronic transfer, will be a problem for the Island. All ATMs empty at present.

    EURUSD: 1.2942 (-1.02%)

    Gold is up EUR 21.18


    • 34
      Mitch says:

      The banks can’t open – everybody will get their money out?

      What do people do for cash this week?


      • 64
        EU Watch says:

        The banks may open, but with restrictions on daily withdrawal amounts.

        Refilling the ATMs may help. The run can be contained with an EUR 200 withdrawal limit per day.

        Keeping the electronic transfer switched off is going to stop capital flight, and may remain in place. However, this will start to cause significant problems soon with day to day international payments. Cyprus is likely dependent on imports, and it may not be long before they start to run out of things like petrol if they cannot make payment.

        Market will likely tag on a few % as risk premium for their sovereign debt as well, which undermines fundamentally the desired effect of the EU bailout.


      • 101
        Nuff said says:

        I hope that people don’t think that it can happen here ? I am getting my money out !


    • 46
      Nogbad the Bad says:

      What an incredibly stupid thing to to do. The EU must have realised that vast amounts of money would be withdrawn from bank accounts, not just in Cyprus, but across Europe. I can remember thelines of worried Geordies queueing for money at Northern Rock, even though it was protected by the FSCS. Take notice of the longer than normal queues outside your local bank today. Even if they don’t go through with the snatch, the damage has been done.


      • 57
        EU Watch says:

        They would also realize the effect it should have on the Euro and perhaps other south med banks.

        In particular:

        i) It will force the Euro down vs. most major currencies
        ii) This force down would likely be result of Russian money being transferred out.
        iii) May trigger a run and civil disturbances which would be a good pre-text for imposing further authoritarian rule. Remember: EU only has kratus, not demos.

        Or: It could be one huge screw up.

        Driving Russian’s out would be beneficial to US, and perhaps some European interests. But the plan may backfire if it triggers a hot war with Russia, or Russia takes punitive action: like switching the gas off and/or hiking prices to recover losses.


  15. 22
    Dave says:

    I have taken up a new sport. Caving in.


  16. 25
    Starky says:

    Can a I say Pew any more, or do I have to say Pooh?


  17. 27
    Centre Parting says:

    If they let Asil Nadir out, he could ‘sort’ the Cyprus problem.


  18. 32
    Heinrich Himmler says:

    Welcome to Stalag Mite.


    • 84
      Wall Scrubber says:

      This German Marmite better be tastier than that Australian crap. If it is meaty like Bovril you could be on to a winner.

      The Brits historically tighten up the control on media when things get sticky globally. Rarely is it done in a way which may actually spook the general populous. Previously we did it to stop Fascist big-mouths from poisoning the minds of a people who were preparing to go to war with Fascists. Back in the day Himmler would use treacherous cnuts like Lord Haw Haw to get the word out, and south coast citizenry would tune in to get the news the govt. was censoring.

      The UK fascist ended up having to glue their hate to walls in the form of stickers.

      I know, it was me who had to scrub them off.


  19. 36
    Chris says:

    Conservatives like Guido only love the press so much, as it allows very rich people, and vested interest groups, a certain amount of political power.

    Any regulation, compromises this type of corruption


    • 91
      Wall Scrubber says:

      Looking at the numbering of the posts, there is some ‘regulation’ being used by lord Guido right here.

      Cleaning up weblogs is so much cheaper than having to clean slogans from car park walls.


    • 128
      Captain Foulenough says:

      Vested interest groups like Hacked Off, for example? People like you never are willing to accept that your side is just as bad as everyone else. What it boils down to is a lack of intellectual and moral generosity. You are so convinced that you are right that you insist that anyone who disagrees with you must be paid to do so or must be morally corrupt.

      Newspapers only gain their power from their readers. If you want to base legislation on the premise that all Sun readers suffer from false consciousness, then you’re going to have to prove it.


  20. 38
    Chris says:

    You know, the rich and powerful fund most of the newspapers, and websites like this, only so they can be used as political attack dogs.

    Proper regulation probably makes this harder.


    • 104
      remember this says:

      Labour were happy to lick Murdoch’s arse throughout their time in power.
      Harman, Millibland and Balls were all part of the Blair government that bent over backwards to accommodate NI.


      • 112
        BBC = Brainwashing says:

        That’s right.

        But you never hear the BBC interviewers bring that up when they give Bryant, Bradshaw et al. their weekly propaganda spot, do you?


  21. 39
    Chris says:

    Although, to be fair, I’d probably be a media attack dog, if a tory millionaire offered me a big wad of cash, and a nice house abroad so I couldn’t be prosecuted.


  22. 40
    les says:

    But it isn’t the dangerous press law Ed Miliband wanted?


  23. 41
    How hollow Bliar's rhetoric sounds now after 10 years says:

    Meanwhile BBC Parliament is now showing the Iraq Debate 18 March 2003 to mark the 10th Anniversary of Bliar’s War. and just before showing Robin Cook’s Resignation Speech of 17 March 2003. Everything that Cook forecast was correct and came to pass AND where is the Chilcot Report ? So that Bliar can rightly be held to account ? Don’t hold your breath


  24. 42
    Bless their pointy little heads says:

    Seen Elsewhere/Labourlist
    “Unfortunately, thanks to the rather byzantine way in which a Royal Charter comes to pass, it may already be too late to make the neccessary (sic,,, they can’t spell) changes that would damage blogging due to the misdeeds of print journalism”.

    “On the whole the Royal Charter seems like a sensible compromise, but that elephant in the corner is tapping away on his laptop – and he ain’t going anywhere anytime soon”.
    Next Target?.


  25. 48
    bergen says:

    Cameron humiliated by Hugh Grant.

    Hugh Grant humiliated by Divine Brown.

    Would Divine Brown be more use as PM ?


  26. 49
    Vince Incapable says:

    Osborne must go.


  27. 53
    SouthEastVoter says:

    As I understand it the new Press regulation will include Newspaper websites and blogs. However the Sky, ITV, BBC have websites but they are ruled by Ofcom as Broadcasters.

    What constitutes a Broadcast website and what constitutes a newspaper website?


    • 111
      Blowing Whistles says:

      There needs to be a PUBLIC INQUIRY – Into how and who pulled the strings at the creating of Ofcom – there lies another can of worms. ED Richards and Richard Hooper for starters.


    • 113
      Fishy says:

      Not quite.

      Judgements on the BBC’s website content is devolved to the…er…BBC


  28. 54
    Gordon the medicated says:

    Nurse..I have made a phantom menace in my bed.


  29. 55
    EU Watch says:

    The privatisation relates to Gazpr0m / S!ntez talks with Greece over the state owned greek gas company DEPA.

    Others who are bidding include a couple of greek consortiums and Azerba!jan state S0CAR.

    The US and Europe were concerned about Russian bids for obvious energy security reasons.

    It should be noted that Russia has been in serious discussion with the Greek government for some time now about leasing Greek ports for use as Naval bases. P!raeus and Thessalonik! are in the frame.

    Permanent fleet as reported yesterday is heading to the East Med, this means they should be in the East Med by now.


  30. 58
    A Voter says:

    Dave you’re toast,
    not only that but you’re a disgrace to the nation,
    and a total wanker to boot.


    • 67
      Welsh activist. says:

      Can’t disagree, not now. Who has gained from this ruling? Will all right leaning newspapers loyalties, now switch to UKIP.


    • 70
      Dave McUturningbeast says:

      Mr Voter you libel Onanists around the world
      Dave is a HUHNE!
      Lies, corruption, Botox
      I bet the first thing that he did when entering Downing St was to belt one out all over his wifes face
      The only decent thing that Botox face has ever pumped out whilst in office


  31. 60
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Interesting timing.

    BBC ticker.

    BREAKING NEWS:The Sun admits accessing information from stolen mobile phone belonging to Labour MP – will pay “very substantial damages”


    • 107
      BBC = Brainwashing says:

      The BBC has got manipulating the (what they decide is) ‘news’ down to an art form. Didn’t you know?


      • 125
        Frank's son says:

        Ah, but if the Sun hadn’t accessed the text messages of an MP’s stolen phone then the BBC wouldn’t need to report it.


  32. 62
    Leftism = Lies, Deceit and Incompetence says:

    Here we come


  33. 63
    Reconstruct says:

    A reminder of what JS Mill wrote . . . in 1859:
    ‘The time, it is to be hoped, is gone by when any defence would be necessary of the liberty of the press as one of the securities against corrupt or tyrannical government. No argument, we may suppose, can now be needed, against permitting a legislature or an executive, not identified in interest with the people, to prescribe opinions to them, and determine what doctrines or what arguments they shall be allowed to hear. This aspect of the question, besides, has been so often and so triumphantly enforced by preceding writer, that it needs not to be specially insisted on in this place.’

    Which goes to show either how optimistic JS Mill was, or how sunk in tyranny we have become.


  34. 66
    Dave McUturningbeast says:

    U turn if you want to…
    And so will I !
    You have my cast iron guarantee on that , and this time you can trust me !
    Unless Cleggy tells me otherwise


  35. 73
    Hang the fooking Jocks says:


    Our dear chum Lord Wilfie (or should that be Alfie?) Stevenson, apart from being the Alter Ego of Maximum Imbecile

    Wilfie/Alfie invented the expression “I have abolished boom and bust”

    Of course the ignorant Jockstrap did not even know what Boom or Bust meant

    What a fucking joke Parliament has become

    You must either ROFL or cry….


    • 75
      Morrissey says:

      Don’t forget to Flog the Beckhams first


    • 83
      McBeast says:

      He is blind
      It said broom and dust on his crib sheet
      James Dyson had sent him a sample
      Shame on you for mocking the disabled


      • 87
        Alfie's Revenge says:


        • 92
          Let's have some class says:

          In the shagging stakes

          At least Michael Caine had a little class

          Unlike the Chavs like 2 Jags and 2 Shags Prezza

          Not to speak of Rutting Rennard who any woman with an ounce of taste would kick in the testicules on meeting


  36. 74
    Labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

    Has hugh blowjob revealed his backers are the EUSSR yet?
    Has dave revealed his EUSSR governors yet?
    Has cods eyes and gloggroach revealed their sworn allegiance to the EUSSR yet?
    Are the moves to restrict press and internet in the UK in any way related to the EUSSR move to establish its own press agency?


    • 89
      Bless their pointy little heads says:


      • 118
        Nuff said says:

        The Right are rising over the whole of Europe, a modern day Hitler will soon be on the scene and so many will be welcoming to that day it is unbeleivable, we have the idiot Left to thank for this and whoever is pulling thier strings, anyone care to make a guess ?

        Oh, and Prime Mentalist we want our Gold back and should you have forgotten you sold it for a knock down price and left this Country with few reserves, I think that all of your wealth should be taken from you and given to the Nation, Treason comes to mind though !


    • 95
      Keep one step ahead boys and girls says:

      They will never “get” Guido’s blog

      We are published in America

      If we have problems there, we will publish in Nevis

      And then Montenegro where the real Mafia has already taken over assisted by Russian Oligarchs, Mandelson and others


  37. 76
    genghiz the kahn says:

    What a surprise must be a coincidence.

    The Sun has apologised at the High Court to Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh for accessing her mobile phone after it was stolen


  38. 86
    EU Watch says:

    The no vote to Friday sourced from Cyprus TV: Dis-Information

    Vote is delayed until tomorrow (Tuesday) and banks may remain closed until Thursday has been reported:

    EURUSD as recovered to 1.2952 : May change this afternoon after lunch.

    Cyprus are obviously playing Troika off against Gazpr0m on this deal. Will be interesting to see what the outcome will be. Russia likely to offer the best deal, but the real question is: Will Cyprus leave the euro ?

    It should be pointed out that if the EU monetary authorities had any real power, this farce would not be happening, and they likely would have ejected Cyprus by now.

    Big message here, other than money is not safe in European banks, is that the Troika is weak, and so therefore is the Euro.


  39. 88
    Carrie Ontroffing says:

    LibLabCons take whatever they can to conceal their evil way of life.


  40. 97
    James Frazer says:

    Boris says ‘London is about as uncorrupt as any jurisdiction on earth.’
    Oh dear !
    We’re doomed, I tell you.


  41. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it time Hacked Off fucked off?


    • 114
      free press says:

      Yep- can we have a total news blackout on them.
      We don’t want to see or listen to any of them again.


  42. 108
    Democrat1 says:

    Let me see if I get this right. 167,000 sign a petition supporting Hacked Off and all of the main parties fall over themselves to be seen to be on the side of Hacked Off.

    600,000 plus sign a petition against gay marriage and all of the main parties ignore it. Democracy in action ?


  43. 110
  44. 115
    Penfold says:

    Par for the course with the left.

    They’ve always given lip service to freedoms and have always hated the press, particularly if it wasn’t in their pockets.

    Stevenson gets knighthood for services rendered at Sith Inst.
    So much for the proletariat.


  45. 123
    UK_Debt_Slave says:

    The Curse of “McRuin” Broon lives on!!!!


  46. 126
    HenryV says:

    Do you think the Left realise the game is up and are shoring up their defences as quickly possible but the public call time?


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