June 25th, 2013

Leveson Called to CMS Select Committee

John Whittingdale has called Brian to give evidence as a witness to his CMS select committee. According to the Sun he’s been kicking up a fuss about turning up, arguing that judges don’t have to explain their position to MPs. Which all makes for an interesting constitutional stand-off. Popcorn…


24 Comments

  1. 1
    A Man From Slough says:

    ‘Be ye ever so high, the law is above you’

  2. 2
    Crime Spotter says:

    Will this Select Committe call for publication of the SOCA Report on generalised crime among solicitors? It was submitted to Leveson…

    If not, why not?

  3. 3
    Historian says:

    Brian cannot claim judicial privilege

    He was acting as “Chairman of the Inquiry” not as a judge

    And of course the elected representatives of the People have the right to question him on matters involving legislation such as setting up the new Star Chamber

    After all, it was Parliament which abolished the original Star Chamber…

  4. 4
    Gary Bloke says:

    Brian wasn’t acting as a judge but as an inquiry chairman (of the not particularly inquisitive type).

    • 5
      Brian says:

      I was inquisitive. I checked into every aspect of News International that there was to peek into. Everything. Every cardboard box. Every email since 1992.

      Sadly, the inquiry had to finish before we got round to Guardian Media Group or Trinity Mirror. But..that’s showbiz.

  5. 6
    Kendo Naga Saki says:

    He was set up to give the sucker punch to the press.
    Thankfully, The Knoble Lord is incompetent, was assisted by incompetents and the inquiry set up by incompetents…
    He does look fetching in his super mario pizza boy outfit though….

  6. 7

    Perhaps Mr Whittingdale could ask why none of the phone companies were put through the Leveson grinder following their total lack of care for their customers’ security over many years.

    Of course it could be that the entire raison d’etre of the inquiry was specifically designed to humiliate News International for reasons other than phone hacking.

    Perhaps Tom Watson or his puppet master Gordon Brown could enlighten me.

  7. 8
    Piers says:

    Incompetent is not the word. Ha ha.

  8. 10
    Glyn H says:

    Common Purpose conned a willing Leveson, just as Campbell conned a naive Hutton. And the press missed what the mandarinesque Butler said about Blair.

    Delighted Whitingdale committee has called him; just think out first chaps what you need to extract from him!!!

    • 17
      Maon on Clapham Omnibus says:

      Can you prove Leveson was/is a Common Purpose graduate?

      I do hope you can ….

  9. 11
    Rumpole says:

    I wonder if anyone is going to ask him about how Sherborne and Patry Hoskins going off on hols together while the enquiry was still extant (only so that they could discuss whether they should commence a relationship, mind) fits in with requirement under para 301(a) of the Bar Code of Conduct not to engage in conduct, whether in the pursuit of one’s profession or otherwise, which is likely to diminish public confidence in the administration of justice …

  10. 12
    Fishy says:

    He needs to be asked whether he’s been moonlighting with the government of Equador who have introduced almost identical controls to the one he / Hacked Off / Labour / Fatty Watson and the ‘woman on the left’ (currently shagging another Leveson lawyer in Santorini while she’s doing her £225,000 proof reading job), propose

    Seems that the odious Harman is of like mind to the ‘democrats’ in Latin America.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/407726/Ecuador-agrees-to-new-media-curbs

    • 18
      Matilda says:

      Have the Ecuadorian govt cleared this with Julian?

      • 20
        Lord Legoverson says:

        Given that Julian allegedly doesn’t clear penetration with the penatratee…………

        • 22
          Anonymous says:

          Talking of Julian, can you tell me why Hacking Siennas phone (and printing things in the press) was bad, and revealing what was found during serveillance programmes is good.

  11. 13
    Anonymous says:

    perhaps this will assist him – he could pretend it’s a seminar!

    http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/about/opening-remarks/

  12. 15
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Every public inquiry its a judge put in charge or for lesser issues a QC. Given the ethics of the profession and narrowness of the skill set one is compelled to ask why? OK so they are bright and great at advocacy and parsing English …..but so what

  13. 16
    Tomlad40 says:

    Just shows Camrons incompetance in asking a man like Leveson. He should have found out his political leaning beforehand. My money is on Leveson being a left winger and a supporter of Millband.

  14. 24
    Rufus Chuckabutty says:

    Please, please let Ken Dodd on to this committee – now I’d pay to watch that.


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

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