November 26th, 2013

Brooks ‘Discussed Phone Hacking’ at Chequers

The Old Bailey have been hearing from Dom Loehnis, a former Telegraph journo turned head-hunter and close old friend of the Prime Minister. Called by the prosecution, Loehnis has told the court that he sat next to Rebekah Brooks at David Cameron’s fortieth Birthday party hosted at the PM’s grace and favour country pad Chequers in 2010. The conversation was rather fruity:

As early as 2010, Brooks did not believe Coulson could survive in N0.10:

Yet he didn’t jump until 2011?

Loehnis came onto the police radar when a latter he wrote to Brooks after she resigned from News International was discovered. Sharp intakes of breath in Downing Street this afternoon….


  1. 1
    Fishy says:

    Sharp intakes of breath in Downing Street this afternoon….


  2. 2
    DtP says:

    Well, who would have guessed that Cameron’s political antennae are totally useless? Let’s get Murdoch’s stooge under the stairs and everything will be alright – chump.

  3. 3
    A Doctor says:

    Breathing avoids suffocation and keeps you alive

  4. 4

    Very penetrating stuff.

  5. 5
    Lenin McClusterfuck says:

    Coz he can’t spell “letter”.

  6. 6
    The British media are cunts says:

    Who gives a fuck?

  7. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    They’ve seen jack Dromey’s twitter feed?

  8. 8
    The PM's twitching chocolate starfish muscle says:


  9. 9
    You'd think if it was that important spelling would be paramount. says:

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    David Cameron was 43 when he became PM – so there is no way his 40th Birthday Party could have taken place at Chequers….

    Something doesn’t quite stack up

  11. 11
    Looking on a 14" monitor says:

    All 9″ of it. fnar fnar

  12. 12
    M103 says:

    He is right and Miliband is ahead of Cameron on this one, as usual.

  13. 13
    Bread and Circusssesesses's says:

    Argh look the Royal Baby, isn’t it lovely?

  14. 14
    Rick O'Shea says:

    Presumably because they’re all sitting around watching Twitter instead of attacking scroungers, exposing public sector waste and taking the fight to Labour.

  15. 15
    Radio Bollocks says:

    What birthday party? Something wrong shurly !!

  16. 16
    M103 says:

    If this was a private party he should be charged for Chequers’ usage.

  17. 17
    Oops says:

    Just don’t tell him most state-owned energy suppliers in Europe are more expensive

    Seizing private assets would cause a run on the Pound making imported oil and gas even more expensive. Oops.

  18. 18
    labour sleeze says:

    Great isnt it
    After a year of pissing about and as the Labour party are engulfed in scandal regarding Falkirk and co op someone makes a decision and plebgate is front and centre
    What a relief for labour now watch how much time the BBC puts on this story and compare and contrast the complete silence on falkirk and co op

  19. 19
    Pitt says:

    He always did look too young for the job

  20. 20
    Have Some Of That says:

    David Cameron.

  21. 21
    Joe says:

    Oh dear the drama queen is getting in a tizzy again, she needs cock.

  22. 22
    The Madness that started with Leveson says:

    Just a minute.

    We seem to be re-witing history here.

    At the time. It was widely known, and by widely, everyone who had a mobile phone connected to a answerphone service (voicemail is a newer term) that the default pin was on every instruction book issued and if you did not change it then people could access (hacking was NOT the expression used) your answerphone.

  23. 23
    yourstuffed says:

    It’s not everyday you get to be a witness in a major media circus trial!

  24. 24
    Lazy Journo says:

    Falkirk’s in Scotland. Nobody cares.

    Now if it was in Ealing or Clapham you’d have a story.

  25. 25
    BBC 10 O'Clock news says:

    Plebgate, Coulson, Brooks Cameron Birthday party, more Co-op smears

    In other news a dog has been heard barking.

  26. 26
    They've even been banging on about cyclists rights on DP says:

  27. 27
    Rebekah, Dave's personal advisor says:

    I told you so

    Dave will be sunk by the criminal behaviour of his close friends

    And their criminal discussions at Chequers, in Downing Street and at the pads of the various members of the Chipping Norton Set

    Lots of love



  28. 28
    Why do socialists think money solves everything? and other people's money at that says:

    Or gran could do what she used to do and wear Grandma clothes.

  29. 29
    There, fixed it for you says:

    Argh, look at the Royal Navy, isn’t it tiny?

  30. 30
    Dougie says:

    And indeed all occupiers of grace and favour residences such as Chequers are charged for the cost of private entertainment. But see Guido’s post a few months ago re Cleggs attempts to avoid paying.

  31. 31
    brown-dog says:

    If you honestly believe that libertarian Ed will nationalise any industry then you are clearly deluded.

    Ed’s lot were behind the abolition of clause iv from the Labour Party ‘s constition. It was THE defining moment for the creation of New Labour, a liberal-democratic party [i.e. libertarian!] (as opposed to the socialist Old Labour).

  32. 32
    Headhunters and hacks unite says:

    Sounds suitably dodgy


    Looking for a job with our Bekks I suppose?

    Lovely how all these people kiss the arse of Rebbekah even after she was charged with multiple ofences

    And then talk about “moral collapse” when the plebs revolt

  33. 33
    labour sleeze says:

    It does stack up
    Labour are engulfed in scandal so get plebgate and hacking on tje front page quick
    Hacking by the way happened during labours term of office not that you wouls know that from the media of course

  34. 34
    Big Killick says:

    I expect Rebekah learnt about PINs from Piers Morgan.

  35. 35
    Berghaus says:

    Lag a Gran…Not the Attic.

  36. 36
    A porn film maker says:

    All I want to know is did Coulson and Cameron DP Rebekah?

  37. 37
    Raving Loon says:

    Too young to remember the 1970’s I guess.

  38. 38
    Fishy says:

    When Scotland becomes independent will the maritime boundaries that Bliar altered be returned to their original position?

    Or are the Scotchlanders going to nick English Oil and gas?

  39. 39
    Sir William Wayde says:

    In other exciting news, Prem Chopra, office manager at Advanced Plastic Products Limited in Northampton, says “We are forever running put of pencils. It’s as though somebody eats them. I’ve got my eye on Alex from accounts as the likely culprit.”

  40. 40
    merk and sperk says:

    We`ve just spent 10 years getting them out of granny rags.

  41. 41
    Headhunters and hacks unite says:

    Because she’s a fooking criminal that’s why

    And one of the Prime Ministers “best friends”

    She also said the sa

  42. 42
    Headhunters and hacks unite says:

    She also said the said the same thing about hacking to Monty’s wife

  43. 43
    Windi spooned says:

    tonee very good, he like horse, hmmmm

  44. 44
    Dr. Seuss says:

    The cat is back in the hat

  45. 45
    His Honour Judge Cocklecarrot QC says:

    Bends over backwards to accommodate the people of Erdington

  46. 46
    Sally down the alley says:

    oo, ooh me, me, me!

  47. 47
    Sallywag says says:

    never mind black cock, I prefer gypsy cock.

  48. 48
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    LOL ;)

  49. 49
    When 1 became 5 says:

    Five UK police officers will face gross misconduct proceedings over “Plebgate” row, police watchdog says

  50. 50
    Wupert says says:

    You dirty digger

  51. 51
    Wayne Rooney says:

    Shag a gran, it’s a lot cheaper!

  52. 52
    At least they ain't stupid then says:

  53. 53
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Energy prices dropped sharply after the industry was privatised.

  54. 54
    Voter says:

    The Old Bailey HAS. It is singular.

  55. 55
    Throw another peasant on the fire says:

    What we need is global warming.

    The coldest March since 1963 might have had something to do with it.

  56. 56
    Sir William Wayde says:

    I’ve just come in from a spot of hacking, as it happens. You see so much more of the countryside on horseback.

  57. 57
    Voter says:

    It’s near the Black Country.

  58. 58
    Gordon Brown says:

    My PIN code is 0000%

  59. 59
    Dave the Rave, surrounded by criminals says:

    Dave is a fine example of Moral Collapse

    Some “fight back against moral collapse”, I would say

    Any more criminals for private dinners?

  60. 60
    Wiki Weeps says:

    The moral of the story in all of this is not to leave a paper trail, use payg phones topped up with cash, do not text, use encrypted email, do not use google and whatever you do do avoid Microsoft software like the plague.

  61. 61
    A kindly word for anyone thinking of going mobile says:

    Mobiles? Don’t get me started.A void Virgin Mobile like the plague. Seriously. Still being billed for a contract that ended 3 months ago, despite calls and emails and more calls and more emails and …. in a word hey are shit imo.

  62. 62
    Braveheart (2013) says:

    They can take our freedom but they can’t take our bennies

  63. 63
    Minimum Unit Pricing says:

    Or Booze (hic)

  64. 64
    Arf arf says:

    Frightfully funny codger

  65. 65
    Gordon says:

    Perhaps Sarah had invited Dave to a PJ party?

  66. 66
    Tony Blair says:

    +millions (literally)

    And always shred.

  67. 67
    Arf arf says:

    frightfully funny codger

  68. 68
    International Dialling Code for Necka Island says:

    Are you adding +1 284 to the beginning of your number

  69. 69
    Gideon Osborne says:

    It’s all down to poor regulation imho.

  70. 70
    Fishy says:

    Small, but perfectly formed

  71. 71
    Sir William Wayde says:

    I’ve a groupie!!!!

  72. 72
    Fred Goodwin says:

    It didn’t work out for me.

  73. 73
    Ginger wonder says:

    I and the head of security and others at NI destroyed most of the evidence

    That is why I am also charged with perv erting the course of justice

    Just think of what was on thousands of e mails and in my personal notebooks which “disappeared”

  74. 74
    Mitch says:

    Where are they now in relation? Privatisation has been a complete disaster.

  75. 75
    If it saves just one life etc says:

    Introduce a licence and driving test for cyclists along the same lines as the motorbike test.

  76. 76
    Alexandra Swann the goldfish says:

    Shall we wipe your ars’e as well?

  77. 77
    All socialists are hypocrites says:

    Certainly NOT the British Public THAT’S for sure

  78. 78
  79. 79
    There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood leads on to fortune says:

    Stop complaining Cameron HAD his chance to sort out the BBC and he ducked it so h and the Tory party must expect to be “monstered” by them ahead of Labour’s Election Victory in May 2015

  80. 80
    Bravebelly says:

    Nay worry laddie. Am here.

  81. 81
    Joe Bloggs says:

    I can imagine ‘dave’ laughing at the table over the possibility of listening to what the ‘oiks’ are discussing via VM.

    I think he should be summoned to give evidence.

  82. 82
    The Public says:

    I put it down to systematic indifference to following the law and outrageous levels of greed. There kinds of ‘errors’ and ‘ineffiencies’ never work the other way round in the customer’s favour

  83. 83
    John says:

    If you want a serious answer I think international law will stop England trying to “steal” Scottish oil should independence come to pass (it won’t, the English media are completely misrepresenting the average viewpoint in Scotland which is favourable to both the English and the UK). Sorry about that but most of us like most of you.

  84. 84
    Jack Dromey says:

    You think so?

  85. 85
    Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

    If you think Ed Multimillionaireband will do anything positive for the UK you are a deluded idiot. His only interest is in allowing another tidal wave of shit immigrants to engulf us, wasting all the assets that have any value, raising taxes and funding parasites and spongers.

  86. 86
    The Golden Rivet says:


  87. 87

    Well What about?

    Blaming the fucking MET office, Ed Miliband and the Guardian for ramming it down everyones’ throats that the world is warming up, it will never Snow in England again and cold winter weather is a thing of the past? So Old ladies throw away your thermal undies.

  88. 88
    Nobody says:

    I shall care even less when the Scots go independent.

  89. 89
    The Abbots of Buckfast says:

    We won’t accept Scotch currency boys

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Although dearer than the turn of the millennium, gas and electricity prices are far cheaper today than they were in the 70s. Ordinary People then could only afford to heat one room and only keep one light on.

  91. 91
    Max Miller, the "Cheeky Chappy," says:

    “They don’t yell, they don’t tell, and they’re grateful as hell
    So give me an older woman every time!”

  92. 92
    Ma­qb­­oul says:

    Still cheaper in relative terms. Problem is wholesale prices on the world markets rise. There’s fuck all an nationalised industry or Owen Jones could do about that.

    If Government sincerely wants to affect prices then it could lower its taxes right through the supply chain.

  93. 93
  94. 94
    Grew Frq says:

    Nowt wrong with destroying personal mail. Since when was that a crime? Most organisations I worked for weeded and destroyed most files at the 5 year stage, yet again not a crime.

  95. 95
    Technomist says:

    We don’t even now sometimes. The most silly example I have ever encountered was about 6 yeasr ago when I my £10 donation was turned down by an Oxfam shop because they didn’t want to accept Scottish currency.

  96. 96
    BoS says:

    But they already have their own Jockanese money.

    I suppose using it in Londonistan is possible but just try using a Jock tenner Budleigh Salterton.

  97. 97
    Ma­qb­­oul says:

    Quick synopsis: a Scottish socialist utopia where nobody has to work, everyone will be rich and have their kids looked after by others, all paid for by … by …er selling Trident to the English!

  98. 98
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Joking apart, we (the English) are going to get a bill for tens of millions of pounds due to the great pretender fat Salmond, the Scots will not vote for independence, about 60% against on most polls, a two foot thick and 670 pages full of crud.

  99. 99
    Ex pat ex higher rate taxpayer says:

    I thought I was paying for Chequers as a place to deal with matters of State.

    I did not think I was paying for the social life of an Eton toff.

    Sell the place off and if a VIP arrives then hire the top floor of some fancy five star hotel for the weekend.

    To think we all pay taxes for this shambles.

  100. 100
    Tonto says:

    Leveson isn’t over yet my friend.

    We have just had part One which has yet to be implemented by the Government.

    There is a hiatus before Part Two starts whilst these trials are dealt with and the miscreants found guilty and imprisoned according to law.

  101. 101
    Who edited the cctv? says:

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  102. 102
    Massively-Foreheaded Twat says:

    I want to know more about this ‘Exciting and unpredictable ride’.


  103. 103
    altruism in industry says:

    bloody ‘ell is the prime minister 43 years old ? I think this explains everything. He comes from the generation without a clue.

  104. 104
    John says:

    The result will seem closer because Indies will all vote but not all Unionists will. Salmond is softening everyone up for a DevoMax vote which will be voted for.

  105. 105
    Fink says:

    Um, it’s a crime when what’s printed on the paper is evidence of a crime.

  106. 106
    Caligula says:

    Well, he was actually born in October 1966 so it looks like somebody has got their facts awry.

  107. 107
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Where are all these Scottish people flocking from?

  108. 108
    D says:

    Only when the judge slaps on a court order.

  109. 109
  110. 110
  111. 111
    Five year old says:

    With his hat on flat.

  112. 112
    Realist says:

    Oxfam are a bunch of lefties of course, but it was a perfectly reasonable decision. Scotch funny money isn’t legal tender.

  113. 113
    Onthecase says:

    David Cameron was 40 in 2006, not 2010

  114. 114
    Aristander of Telmissus says:

    “Loehnis has told the court that *he* sat next to Rebekah”

    “Loehnis tells court brooks told *her* she didn’t think coulson could survive”

    What’s this? A quick sex-change in court?

  115. 115
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:


  116. 116
    Grub Street says:

    You got through so many Nokias we couldn’t keep up.

  117. 117

    Let me guess. Like many of the right wingers on here, you are in your 40s, still live with mum and have yet to have a girlfriend/boyfriend.

  118. 118
    Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

    Wrong on all counts. I’ve paid over 40 years of massive tax bills to fund idiots like you so go and get an education but pay for it yourself as I did.

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron lied about the cast iron guarantee and the EU

    Cameron is lying about the EU referendum.

    Cameron is lying about restricting Roma and Bulgarian immigration

    Cameron is lying about Rebecca and Andy and what he knows about phone hacking.

    The only cast iron 100% certainty about Cameron is that the man’s a liar.

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    We could get fracking. That would help.

  121. 121
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Yoooooouuuuuuu’re joking!

  122. 122
    Hugh Janus says:

    Not impressed with Cameron then?

  123. 123
    Gordon says says:


  124. 124
    Mustapha Wren says:

    Are the jury deliberating yet?

  125. 125
    John Bellingham says:

    As Chequers was bequeathed to the nation specifically for the PRIVATE use of the serving Prime Minister as a country retreat and as such is enshrined in the Chequers Estate Act of 1917, I am not sure that it is within the power of the government to dispose of it other than returning it to the Lee family or donating it to the national Trust as happened with the balance of the Coombe Estate. A similar situation applies to Chevening and Dorneywood.

  126. 126

    The maritime boundaries are a very important point, I am sure that when they were changed it amounted to an illegal annexation of English territorial waters which largely went unnoticed.
    Not only that , the oilfields were developed as a British asset with most of the financing through BP .

  127. 127
    Mrs Havisham says:

    Some strange people get invited to Chequers. A bloke called James Saville was invited there,

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