December 3rd, 2013

Good Luck, Alan!

The Guardian NUJ chapel has sent a cute message of support to Alan Rusbridger ahead of his select committee showdown this afternoon. Approved by a committee of twelve, on behalf of all 500 odd Guardian journalists, of course.

“Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is due to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow to answer questions about our publication of the NSA and GCHQ surveillance revelations leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Guardian and Observer NUJ chapel, representing the overwhelming majority of journalists at both titles, strongly supports the editor’s decision to publish this information of vital public interest and his defence of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account.

The chapel emphatically rejects the attacks on the Guardian over the Snowden leaks and welcomes the support offered from all over the world for the Guardian’s role in bringing this information into the public domain.

We believe publication of the NSA/GCHQ stories is exactly what independent media organisations should be doing. The editor’s stand has the full backing and confidence of Guardian News and Media journalists.”

Guido agrees, there should be no question of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account. Funny though, that they didn’t mention the alleged sending of British intelligence officers’ names abroad. No doubt Keith Vaz will get to the bottom of it. Tune in here


100 Comments

  1. 1
    A wankers wanker says:

    All wankers together.

  2. 3

    He is not completely bad.

    he is not much use either.

  3. 4
    M102 says:

    F’uck this I’m off to play my piano.

  4. 5
    tickle his ivories says:

    Has Rubbisher hidden the 99% of unpublished Snowden files
    in his grand pianos?

  5. 6
  6. 7
    Wait - what! says:

    Is that Shami that has got a ringside seat nodding sagely at every utterance of the Sainted Rubbishbridger?

    • 18
      Ralph Miliband says:

      Comrade Rusbridger is to be congratulated for his actions in undermining the United Kingdom and its security.

    • 59
      Fishy says:

      There’s a Tory asking a difficult questions, Shitty Chuckabutty’s body language has changed – frowns – arms folded.

      Labour MPs are bowling under arm.

  7. 11
    vircantium says:

    Funny how they refer to the Grauniad as ‘independent media’ when it is
    (a) pro-Leveson, and
    (b) utterly reliant on state funding.

  8. 12
    Rusbridger says:

    I refuse to be drawn on whether I love this country or not.

    So draw your own conclusions.

  9. 13
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Who guards the Guardian?

  10. 14
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Being shown live on Sky BUT NOT ON THE BBC. Now why could that be?

    • 16
      BBC says:

      Because of the unique way we are funded biased.

    • 54
      Earl of Croydon says:

      LIVE?!!!
      They have not even mentioned it in the headlines. Seems they are going down the route of if they don’t report it, it aint happened!!

    • 97
      BBC - Bringing Back Communism. says:

      So that for the millions that will not watch it on Skye we can put our own bias and spin on it to support our comrades at the Guardian.

  11. 21
    Keith Vaz says:

    Mr Rusbridger, can you tell the panel exactly what you think about British Kittens.

  12. 22
    Time to bring execution back says:

    R*pists, killers and nonces used to be put to death.

    From http://www.oldbaileyonline.org

    John Raven , a Fellow about Seventeen Years of Age, of the parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for a R*pe, Committed upon the Body of Mary Katt , a Child aged Eight Years and Three Weeks , on the 11th of August last. The Evidence against the prisoner deposed, that the Girl being sent to the Stables where the prisoner was a Horse-keeper , to leade a Horse thither; the prisoner got the Child into the Stable, being alone, and shut the Door fast upon her, and took her and used her in a most Barbarous Manner, stopping her Mouth as she cryed out. The Midwife and other Women that searched the Child, deposed that she was Rent in her Secret parts, and doubted whether ever she would be well again, and the prisoner being not able to deny it, and the Matter of Fact appearing so Odious to the Court, he was found Guilty.

  13. 23
    Keith Vaz says:

    Actually Sir, no need to comment, I’ll answer that in for you later as for you Mr. Ellis, take your nasty questions somewhere where the Socialists aren’t and don’t forget that I’m the boss.

  14. 24
    Oy Vey,Oy Vey,Oy Vey says:

    Don’t say you weren’t warned !

    GOLD 1,218.80 -3.50 -0.29%

    Gold is now weaker than my bladder.

    • 98
      Pundit Too says:

      Could bottom out just below $1190.
      Could be a good time to holiday in South Africa except they keep putting their rental and hotel prices above Paris and Rome prices. As for restaurant food it is 100% over that of 24 months ago.

  15. 26
    Phrases flogged to death today says:

    “Analogue laws in a digital age”

  16. 27
    Ruined my day. says:

    Fucking Hell Guido. I wish you had not put up that link to the showboating MPs. I’m fucking angry now, what a bunch of absolute wankers they are.

  17. 29
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Vaz stopped awkward questions being asked. Definately a labour love in.

  18. 31
    ELLIS is your typical Dull Stupid Twat who is an MP and is too thick to realise that he is thick says:

    Ellis is a Twat. He should have allowed Rusbridger to speak about TOR and also how HTTPS is not secure either.

  19. 32
    Owen Jones says:

    The Lee Rigby savages look the same, think the same, do the same, and have almost the same name. Model Muslims

    pic.twitter.com/PyII0suIGZ

    • 88
      (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

      The BBC news actually referred to them as mister this lunchtime!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 33
    Guy News Room says:

    Guido and ‘arry laughing uproariously at every Owen Jones joke.

    • 36
      Mad Nads says:

      Who still alive still uses the term uproariously? Unless the are a posh toff out of touch pratt.

      • 46
        Has the BBC stopped wetting itself about that helicopter yet? says:

        I do clutch my sides and chortle heartily at your wit, good Sir.

  21. 34
    Wgat a waste says:

    What a wasted opportunity. Dipstick MPs too interested in scoring political points rather than the truth. And as for Ellis what a Stupid Shit Brain, he could have, nearly did but backed away from exposing how we are ALL being watched by the state and so called secure systems that we use have longed been cracked by GCHQ and presumably organised crime.

    • 86
      Clown (Ex Swivel-Eyed Loon) says:

      If you think your communications using standard tech such as HTTPS are secure it’s you that’s the idiot.

  22. 35
    Fact Hunt says:

    Take a bow Michael Ellis MP. Showing the socialists up for what they are. And better still showing Vaz up for what he is. They don’t like it up ‘em Michael. The only thing you did wrong was not to collect your papers and walk out.

  23. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Is there the slightest possibility that Tom Daley is………………….a Tory?

  24. 38
    Grim says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen His Royal Highness the Vaz of Texaco be so meek and quiet when somebody that has come to give evidence has said “I’ve already answered that” and then not answered the question.
    A Labour love in on the taxpayer.

    • 85
      I loved my silk cushions even more when they were on my expenses says:

      Vaz is a slug in human form. He leaves an aura of slime wherever he goes. Best avoided.

  25. 39

    The Guardian make me want to bang my head against the desk repeatedly. Their actions make me feel that even the Daily Mail are more of an acceptable read.

  26. 40
    Intellectual Pygmy says:

    Is the press free if it is regulated? Is discrimination not discrimination if you put positive in front of it?

    It is a strange Orwellian world these tossers inhabit.

  27. 41
    Liberal says:

    The Guardian has integrity, which righties hate.

  28. 42
    Johnny Norfolk says:

    I hope they throw the book at him. Traitor.

    • 47
      Has the BBC stopped wetting itself about that helicopter yet? says:

      I hope the book in question is Cameron’s 53,000-page desperate ‘justification’ for the HS2 white elephant. Doesn’t it weigh a couple of tonnes (the book, not the railway)?

  29. 48
    Anonymous says:

    I am sure that Alan Rusbridger will put them straight on how democracy works and what their priorities should be in protecting the citizens of the UK.

    • 67
      Ed Miliband's boss, Commie McCluskey, says:

      Yes, we lefties know all about how democracy works.

      Your vote gets put in the bin, and all our votes replace it.

      Simples.

  30. 49
    Mitch says:

    I see Shami can turn up to support her mate but was completely silent about Leveson.

    • 65
      Fishy says:

      The hypocrite disappeared from view when there were questions to be asked about Leveson / Miliband / Hacked Off / MST stitch up.

  31. 49
    Eb & Flo says:

    When Rusbridger was invited to give evidence before the committee, his reply should have been “I’ll be glad to give evidence, just as soon as MPs stop threatening me, my paper and the freedom of the press”

  32. 52
    Keith Vaz says:

    Alan, Alan, I’ve lost the list of questions you gave me to ask.

  33. 55
    Huntwatch says:

    With luck Rusbridger will interrogate them more than they him. After all he is a journo on one of the best papers in the world ( when he tries to cope better with his cravings for Clegg!)

  34. 56
    Anonymous says:

    “500 odd guardian journalists” sums the whole situation up pretty well.

    • 62
      Has the BBC stopped wetting itself about that helicopter yet? says:

      Not all of them are odd – some of them are just plain weird.

      And 500 is a good number. It makes for huge group hugs.

  35. 58
    Ordinary Joe says:

    Best Wishes for your success when you get grilled by the Expense Fraudsters. Don’t take any crap from them

  36. 60
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    I’ve been on this planet a fair while, and I know a shit when I see one.
    Rusbridger is a shit.

  37. 61
    Mitch says:

    He’s putting up an Aunt Sally by saying the national security card can’t be used as a trump card to stop any revelations, but it isn’t?

  38. 64
    NO MORE PAGE 3! says:

    • 68
      Black Jack Dromey says:

      I’ve got some stuff they definitely won’t like..

    • 70
      Ed Balls says:

      Page 3 comes before page.. three plus one.. divide three by seven, no, nine, no.. three times three divided by .. no,

      I don’t think there should be a page 3 either. It’s too complicated.

      • 71
        Labour constituent says:

        Edjukayshen, edjokayshone, eddgakeyshin.

      • 87
        The ever lovely hagg-ette, Harriet says:

        Page 3?
        Ban it, ban it, ban it.
        And ban every black man called Santiago.
        And ban all poles, especially black ones.

  39. 69
    M102 says:

    That’s great. On Sky for laptops (don’t have a TV) the c’unts are now showing the 2014 World Cup draw. Football trumps news on Sky.

    Going back to my piano.

    • 72
      Has the BBC stopped wetting itself about that helicopter yet? says:

      That’s partly why I ditched Sky (main reason was all the incessant adverts): since they’ve got 2 or more sports channels, why don’t they keep sport (and “footie” in particular) on them and well away from everything else?

      “Ooh, look, footie! Men kicking a ball about! Wow! Aren’t they clever?”

      Shite.

      • 74
        A viewer says:

        There should be more diving contests.

        • 78
          I'd subscribe to THAT channel says:

          Hmm. With all-women’s under 21s muff-diving.

          With lots of body lotion.

      • 80
        You enjoyed 9 people dying, did you? says:

        Have Tories stopped wetting themselves about parties celebrating Thatcher’s death?

        • 81
          Has the BBC stopped wetting itself about that helicopter yet? says:

          Did I enjoy 9 people dying? No.

          Do I think a relatively small accident warrants wall-to-wall coverage and special programmes?

          No.

          Did I give a f*ck about Maggie’s death?

          No.

  40. 75
    Fishy says:

    Snowden didn’t want responsible journalists to publish…he was not a whistle blower.

    He gathered classified information and in a pre-meditated action sought to and succeeded in working elsewhere so he could gather more secrets.

    I call that espionage.

    BTW David Winnick and Paul Flynn are a disgrace to the Select Committee system.

  41. 76
    Black Jack Dromey says:

    Here we go, it’s our old mate Cressida “shoot ‘em dead” Dick

  42. 79
    UKIP In 2015 says:

    guardian scum

  43. 82
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    500 “journalists” – really? Any on “zero hours” (casual) contracts?

  44. 93
    Ciaran Goggins says:

    Speaking of wankers why has my Rehill @rehill39 twitter account just been closed? This is the fourth this week are the establishment afraid that my exhaustive investigations into police corruption and naming of rape victims carried out from my rented caravan in the ROI to dangerous to be seen? I demand answers.

  45. 94

    Your accounts are being closed down Goggins you scumbag because you target and stalk the innocent and name the innocent victims of rape and sexual assaults. You are lower than Whale shit. Your perverted convicted paedophile chum Neil Redrup will also soon be without a voice also. You fucked with the wrong bull punk.

  46. 95
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Why does anyone buy this stinking rag? I would not demean myself by using it to wipe my arse.


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