April 18th, 2013

Cathcart Heckled Over Secret Hacked Off Donors

Guido has watched press hating media luvvie Brian Cathcart’s fall from his place as the darling of the regulation lobby to the masker of Hacked Off’s secretive billionaire backers with great amusement. Now Cathcart has been heckled by visitors to a literary festival demanding to know who is funding Hacked Off. After he refused to reveal the names of his donors, angry audience members shouted “answer the question!” Cathcart responded by betraying his true disdain for our newspapers:

cathcart“Our funds? It’s almost funny to be lectured on financial probity by newspapers. For example, the Telegraph, which is owned by a couple of brothers who live in a tax exile in the Channel Islands. To be lectured on probity by the Daily Mail, whose owner is, as far as I am aware, a non-dom, and the owner of The Times and The Sun, who, well, where would you start?”

Only it wasn’t the newspapers asking, but inconveniently a media ethics lecturer and members of the public. Not like Cathcart to let the facts get in the way of a bad story…


  1. 1
    maggie the dog says:


  2. 2
    Panem.et.circenses says:


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    What about the miners? Oh wait they brought it on themselves says:

    What an odious turd Cathcart is

  4. 4
    Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

    what a c n u t

  5. 5
    Ed Green says:

    Last time I looked the Telegraph and Mail (both of which are run as businesses) got their money from customers – millions of people and advertisers – really quite easy to identify and their instructions from their editors, directors and shareholders (all matters of public record).

    Not aware of either being funded by ‘the brown envelope route’.

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    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    LOL….. Guidos chum and fellow mick, Fergus Shanahan, the former deputy editor at the Sun has been charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.

    All your mates and “sources” will be soon banged up

  7. 7
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    …how’s the shredding going these days Guido. Wasting your time, its all held electronically, out of your reach !!!!!!

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    Two Jags one shag and a fag says:

    I did shag a bird in my office but I don’t think her name was Miss Conduct.

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    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    Oh dear…..The Suns Website.

    All stories posted by Fergus Shanahan have dissappeared

  10. 10
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    Fergus Shanahan

    Oh dear looks like Keith Vaz is gonna get some pay back……shhhhhhhhhh

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    Scraggy the left wing hippy off Scooby Doo says:

    And we would be getting away with destroying Britain it if it wasn’t for those pesky tabloids

  12. 12
    Is everyone charged, guilty in your nutjob world? says:

    Remind us all again what happens between arrest, charge and banged up? Oh yes trial. Damned inconvenient eh?

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    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    Have the Thatcher’s all fu*cked off back abroad yet.

    …UK isnt that great a country I assume

  14. 14
    King Dick the Lionheart says:

    Shut up muzzie twat.

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    Two Jags one shag and a fag says:

    Bloody phone hackin.
    What I do in private in my public office is my business.

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    perception says:

    Woof, woof. Who cares anyway.
    Geedo you mean that there were no NI people in the literary festival doing their master’s bidding. There are publishing houses in the Murdoch empire.

  17. 17
    perception says:

    I thought that what was paid to courtesans of tory MPs

  18. 18
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    true though

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    perception says:

    He can and does “redact” certain blog articles

  20. 20
    Lord Stansted says:

    He’s really some sham professor from a fourth-rate “uni” – same thing, I suppose.

  21. 21
    David Milliband wanted to live somwhere less diverse says:

    You can fucking say that again

  22. 22
    Jack Straw from Diago Garcia - Its the Labour Way says:

    Trial !!!


  23. 23
    Lord Stansted says:

    What period are you living in – Regency?

  24. 24
    George Gallowsway says:

    Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability, and I want you to know that we are with you, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Quds

  25. 25
    perception says:

    At least Mark Thatcher will not inherit Maggie’s title unless Dave makes an exception. Carol deserves it after looking after her mother

  26. 26
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Neo Guido’s great-grandfather (who had a better hair-styling sense) explains the newspaper biz to Lady Maggie’s hubby’s grandfather:

  27. 27
    perception says:

    They are all tabloids now

  28. 28
    Glenda Jackson says:

    A heckle, not on my terms.

  29. 29
    perception says:

    when were you born?1985

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    No such thing as society says:

    I could have dealt with after the demented bitch, only would needed a pillow and a couple of minutes alone with her.

  31. 31
    Brussels Broadcasting Corporation says:

    After 13 years of Blair and Brown,you assume right.

  32. 32
    how many Grands can an editor play? says:

    While the Guardian appears only to survive thanks to backdoor funding from the BBC and state ads.

  33. 33
    No such thing as society says:

    Maybe they were protecting their donors fom the hacks that would be unleashed by their paymasters…crazy thought I know.

  34. 34
    Observer says:

    I read this story eight hours ago in my newspaper. You’re either in front of The Times, or you’re behind it…..

  35. 35
    (I don't need no doctor) says:


  36. 36
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, he’s trying to duck and weave, refusing to answer the question.

    He’s frit!

  37. 37
    The Times says:

    Well done our reader.

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    Cover up as I say not as I do says:

    What has he / they got to hide?

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    Scraggy the left wing hippy off Scooby Doo says:

    Tabloids..haemorrhoids more like because they are a pain in the arse for not agreeing with me about everything.

  42. 42
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    Has Ex Pat and tax exile, since 1986, Mark Thacther completed his suspended jail sentance yet

  43. 43
    Oh that's funny says:

    Your a fine looking withered prune.

  44. 44
    Nutter Watch says:

    I understand your anger. Living anywhere near that shithole Barnsley, would drive anyone insane.

  45. 45
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    errrrr Im afraid not perception. Carol has been living in Zurich for many years now

  46. 46
    Glenda Jackson says:

    A prune, not on my terms.

  47. 47
    Yummy says:

    I wonder if Amanda Thatcher enjoys giving deep throat.

  48. 48
    Two Jags one shag and a fag says:

    ‘A pillow and a couple of minutes alone with her’ That’s all it took for me to shag me secretary.

  49. 49
    Shhh, keep it quiet says:

    “What has he / they got to hide?”

    Common Purpose links and dodgy millionaire / billionaire funding, that’s what.

  50. 50
    The Mahatma says:

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

  51. 51
    The Dirty Digger's crooks says:

    A former deputy editor at the Sun has been charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

    It is claimed that Fergus Shanahan authorised one of his journalists to make two payments totalling £7,000 to a public official for information.

  52. 52
    An honest Tory says:

    I guess he could have used a better example such as ‘being lectured by a fat drunk blogger who hides behind a Caribbean front company, is in the pocket of News International and has very smelly links with the Russian regime’.

  53. 53
    Steve Carell, The Office (US), says:

    “I wonder if Amanda Thatcher enjoys giving deep throat.”

    That’s what SHE said!

  54. 54
    Look around the BBC not at the BBC but around the BBC says:

    So far how many NI employee’s have been nicked for kiddy fiddling?

  55. 55
    Selohesra says:

    Yeah – and you should hear how he talks to his mistress on the phone when he thinks no one is listening!

  56. 56
    Sealed Knot says:

    Owen Jones is politically as relevant as Cavalier and Roundhead reenactors

    I suggest as an experiment we open one of the old coalmines and offer jobs to all those who want them

    Owen Jones is a fart in a bottle.

  57. 57
    Jack Straw's brother says:

    I had a trial once.

  58. 58
    BBC cover ups says:

    Strange, nobody on Aunty mentioned rolf by name when he was nicked.

  59. 59
    Peter's Second Cousin says:

    Ahhm but Guido was quick to post about alleged abuse cases. Not a squeak about Uncle Rupert’s bent employees though.

    There was me thinking Guido was all about balance and fairness. Well, it depends whose shilling he is taking I suppose.

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    Jimmy says:

    “a media ethics lecturer and members of the public”

    Who would have guessed that random members of the public would be so exercised by this?

    Still, a stroke of good fortune that the Times had someone at the festival to report it.

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    Peter's Second Cousin says:

    Correct! But Guido did, and quite right too. So why the silence now one of Uncle Rupert’s employess is found to be corrupting public officials? If it was a Daily Mirror deputy editor Guido would have slpashed it all over the blog and quite right too.

    You see, money talks, Guido’s more interested in that than being fair and balanced. Just like the BBC really.

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    Anonymous says:

    Well wouldn’t you want to know who funds a group that tries to bully its way into getting legislation on the statue book?

    The fact that Cathcart refused to answer the question should in itself set alarm bells ringing.

  63. 63
    arsebandit says:

    A backdoor job? Don’t knock it.

  64. 64
    arsebandit says:

    Prefers anal.

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    Fishy says:

    It won’t be a Daily Mirror employee.

    NI set up a media standards committee to go over every contact NI staff have had with the police and public officials, and are voluntarily disclosing them all – hence these arrests.

    The Mirror Group have refused to follow suit, saying it’s all too long ago for them to be arsed to investigate (and own up to) their own alleged wrongdoing.

  66. 66
    Woodward and Bernstein says:

    There are plenty of “random members of the public” who are extremely concerned that our free press is threatened with state control by people like Cathcart.

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    Voodoo doll says:

    Still having “Tramp the dirt down nightmares” are we ,george?????/

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    perception says:

    Not so easily done, shaft would have to checked in most cases headgear re-erected once down the roadways would have to be checked for falls, all the underground locos probably crushed find out where they are, the list goes on

  69. 69
    perception says:

    The same goes with you

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    perception says:

    ” shilling ” you mean shekel don’t you?

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    inside- out says:

    Roll on police state,oh sorry we have one already.Secret arrests and secret trials,when do we get rendition?

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    Ve hev vays for finding ze donors.

  73. 73
    lovin an alien says:

    John Hurt in drag

  74. 74
    soshul sekuritee says:

    spare £26k for a cuppa tea guv?

  75. 75
    Sentinel says:

    aha the old anti-semitism trick snuck into a thread about something completely different

    you must work for the guardian or bbc

  76. 76
    Jim M says:

    indeed, if he had nothing to hide he would have answered the question

    lefties and billionaires together trying to take away more of our freedoms

    strange days

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    life in the real world says:

    Why do lefties always have this superior attitude that they know what’s best for everyone?
    That what they believe is right and everyone who disagrees is wrong.
    And their views should automatically take precedence.

    The British public has the right to read what it wants in the newspaper of it’s choice.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Why does the guardian get all the BBC advertising ? how is that allowed.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Thats where they live you moron.

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    They have proved you are right over the past 2 weeks. From IDS and benefit reforms to Mrs Thatcher, the left are always bound to have a contrary view of things, most of them could start a fight in an empty room !

  81. 81
    P. Nissen Spectre says:

    Would anyone out there have any way of knowing, from personal experience, whether our young Mr Jones is a “cavalier” or a “roundhead”? I’m just curious– it doesn’t really matter to me one way or the other; no skin off my nose, you might say…

  82. 82
    FAIL says:


    Is that your idea of politics?

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