January 27th, 2014

Dan Hodges Writing Tell-All Plebgate Book With Mitchell

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, Dave’s favourite journalist, one-time Labour spinner Dan Hodges, is working with Andrew Mitchell on a tell-all book about Plebgate. No doubt he’s come up with a new theory to solve the mystery of what happened once and for all: it was all Ed Miliband’s fault.

The Tories are also concerned about the detailed notes taken in meetings by Sayeeda Warsi, who is still bitter after being moved sideways to the dreamt up job of ‘Minister for State’. Some well-timed diaries from the bungling baroness would be spicy enough to have publishers drooling. And there is growing speculation that Lord Ashcroft will publish his Cameron biography with Isabel Oakeshott before the election, not after as originally planned. Anyone else want to have a go?


  1. 1
    David Miliband says:

    Now you can see why I fell out with my brother and fled the country

  2. 2
    Wait - what! says:

    Watching Daily Politics… I know….
    Is Stella Creasy paid by the word and does she get a bonus for extra volume?
    Would also be nice if somebody could let her know that using the word ‘incentive’ properly isn’t difficult.

  3. 3
    Mitch says:

    What Mitchell has admitted to was enough for him to have to go, the fact that a rogue copper made some other stuff up is a sideline, really.

  4. 4
    The Blogosphere says:

    This news is so dead tree press. So very yesterday.

  5. 5
    Mitch says:

    She’s on the make and wants her 18 months in a ministerial car. She’s allowed to say whatever it takes to get that.

  6. 6
    Ah! fight says:

    A deputy mayor is being investigated by police over claims he screamed homophobic abuse at a fellow councillor in the street.

    Farooq Ahmed, who is in charge of finance and deputy mayor at Rochdale council – is due to be questioned by officers.

    Witnesses described seeing him rowing with fellow Labour councillor Neil Emmott on Cheetham Street in Rochdale on Thursday afternoon.

    During the bust-up – seen by a number of passers by – Coun Ahmed is alleged to have hurled a homophobic insult at his colleague.

  7. 7
    The Nag's Head says:

    Stella delivers utter garbage from her mouth if you bother to slow it down and work out what she actually says.

    She’s just a posher, thinner, female version of Lord Prescott.

  8. 8
    Downing Street says:

    No it wasn’t.

    In point of fact, the cheeky police should have been charged with obstruction. Too full of themselves by far.

  9. 9
    keep crediting says:

    When politicians appear on TV and money is handed over the presenter should state this in the opening credits.

  10. 10
    No-one hurled anything says:

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

  11. 11
    Gordon Brown says:

    I work aboard

  12. 12
    Ah! Get over it. says:

    The banning of a London bus advert suggesting people could “get over” homosexuality should be investigated, the appeal court has ruled.

    Christian charity The Core Issues Trust accused mayor Boris Johnson of unlawfully using his position as chairman of Transport for London to obtain the ban to secure the gay vote.

    The High Court had upheld the ban.

    But the Court of Appeal has now ruled a probe is needed to consider whether the mayor acted “for an improper purpose”.

  13. 13
    E17 says:

    She should also be asked about how much undeclared money, subsidised printing, seconded office support staff and office space she receives from public funds via the usual UNITE and other trade union corruption.

  14. 14
    Ah! but says:

    “The word is mightier than the pork sword”

  15. 15
    testiclees says:

    ed balls

  16. 16
    Tony Blair says:

    I also work abroad, but I have to be very careful about where!

  17. 17
    Looking like power always trumps justice says:

    Still no sign of the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry Report then!

    Have you hidden it?

  18. 18
    Tess says:


  19. 19
    Maximus says:

    Slight credibility problem there, I think.

  20. 20
    Higella says:

    Cracking news, I’m on a high of delight and expect this will now blow over

  21. 21
    Rickytshirt says:

    Theological Issues Trust would be more appropriate.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    What about asking his Uncle Sam?

  23. 23
    Bendy buses were much longer says:

    “a probe”

    What an unfortunate turn of phrase to use in this circumstance.

  24. 24
  25. 25
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The DP Show had a “balls” contest to assess who people would trust with the economy, Osbourne or Balls. The result was for Osbourne by about 3 to 1. This was then totally ignored with Coburn moving on to the next piece. If Balls had won the programme would have carried on about Balls winning.
    That Stella Creasy has a big gob, typical socialist talking over anyone else speaking.

  26. 26
    Mornington Crescent says:

    The word is mightier than the pen is, then…?

  27. 27
    Jack Ketch says:

    I am just guessing here, but I suspect that Labour have recruited a TV interview coach or trainer that has coached them in a particular manner–Labour women particularly have adopted the “press-on regardless, just replace argument with high-volume gainsaying” approach. Greasy Creasy, Rachel Foghorn, Caroline Flintstone, The Eagles and Yvette Cooper-Balls all have the same approach–charmless and confrontational. If they think that they win the argument that way, they are wrong–they just appear as vulgar fishwives; shame really, Creasy could be quite attractive if she had her hair done.
    Of course the other parties also have some gobby dames too, but somehow they don’t come across as such nasty pieces of work.

  28. 28
    Jack Ketch says:

    see my post #27

  29. 29
    Spartacus says:

    not hidden, just bundled with his expenses

  30. 30
    Bill Quango MP says:

    caps lock anti-stick. Its on Ebay.

  31. 31
    Londoner says:

    Creasy is like that when she is off telly. Utterly patronising to the public, she never says anything of importance on anything regarding her constituents’ needs (unless it is an attention seeking ‘campaign’ or pandering to a small group of well-heeled women) but this seems to go down in Labour circles, (presumably made up of a small group of well-heeled women) where it is mistaken for determination to get things done.

  32. 32
    Mitch says:

    It was gobby, know-all Labour politicians that got us into this mess in the first place. Will we never learn?

  33. 33

    Now to bore you with geekdom: I had used U+1009, otherwise known as a thin space.

    But as we all know, thin spaces can be made much wider. It is our bounden duty to broaden our influence… :-)

  34. 34
    Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock 23 Railway Cuttings East Cheam says:

    Warsi is as much use as a chocolate fireguard brought into government to keep the effnik quoto looking good,multi culturism,diversity and political correctness no use to man or beast.

  35. 35
    Gordon MacBreath says:

    Today I take over the revolving chairmanship of the UN.
    I decree world peace and prosperity.

    Free everything for everyone!

  36. 36
    Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock 23 Railway Cuttings East Cheam says:

    Scrodingers Cat proves that the pen or in this case the thread can be tiresome and boring.

  37. 37

    A probe has been sent to Uranus.

  38. 38
    One Man One Vote says:

    Stella Creasy is one of the Co-operative Party’s hand-picked stooges. Someone wshold ask her whether she believes in democracy, as in one person one vote.

    She is said to have cast all four of hers (Fabian, Co-op, Labour and MP) for David Miliband during the Labour leadership election.

  39. 39
    Rt. Hon Butch Cameron MP says:

    We all just assumed she was from the typing pool. Who knew?

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    The Internet, all day, 24 hour rolling news – moving on, and on… . For when do we get time to reflect on what we are being fed, or what it all means? Understanding? So very yesterday.

  41. 41
    The most amusing claim ever says:

    Most of the people asked were either bankers or worked in the city although one young lady asked…”Who’s Osbourne ?” and another just walked off holding the plastic ball and yet another when asked why she was voting for Balls replied “Because he’s not a psychopath !!”
    Truly the country’s economy is safe in their hands !!!

  42. 42
    Tony Blair says:

    Just a quickie. I’ve spotted a country that has WMD. And this time I’ve checked, and they really do. 45 minutes..missiles on London..nuklear winter..the whole workd.

    And ..

    They are a failed state. riots and protests and politically split. And their leader is a complete loser.

    I have consulted with Obama and I think France is ripe for invasion and liberation.

  43. 43
    Mitch says:

    Would this be Sayeeda Warsi who, as party chairman, lectured ordinary members about “loyalty”?

    Oh, I see – now it’s about her personal disappointments and a huge book advance. So that’s ok then.

  44. 44
    Micro windmills may soon recharge your mobile phone says:

    This part of the thread is specifically about boring.

  45. 45
    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away says:

    “Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold..”
    “Ok ..Hey what’s this? Whoa! Boba! Its the Chilcott report!”

  46. 46
    Tha Nag's Head says:

    She has a Phd in the psychological manipulation of the public, and was willing to make a living as the spin doctor for the faker Bear Grylls before she stood for Parliament.

    I would trust her as far as I can throw her, which is probably becoming gradually less and less far, as the MP’s perks, salary and subsidized lifestyle is beginning to cause her to pile on the pounds.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    If only that were true?

  48. 48
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Perhaps the guy had it coming.

  49. 49
    Ed Moribund says:

    Team building away day.

    Its going to be a star trek theme..coz that’s wicked!

    Ok ..So ..
    I’m in Gold shirt. For flag officer rank.
    Chukka – You’re blue for science. And Rachel..You’re blue for medical and Ballsy! .. You’re Red. For security ..

  50. 50
    François Hollande says:

    Ever fallen in love with someone?

    Ever fallen in love?
    In love with someone

    Ever fallen in love?
    In love with someone
    You shouldn’t’ve fallen in love with…

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    So none of this is ever likely to come to court? WHAT A SHOCK.

  52. 52
    Psyche the Dog says:

    I have one for youa certain Anne McIntosh especially if she is not selected could be tricky for the Cons and Dave Boy what, what.

  53. 53
    Sue Denim says:

    So who would buy any of these books? Does anyone make any money out of them?

  54. 54
    Mark Oatibisks says:

    Thank you very much.

  55. 55
    Mark Oatibisks says:

    Of course he did!

  56. 56
    Iain Dale's Bitebum Publishing says:

    I do.

  57. 57
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Why would the Tories be worried about Baroness W’s notes ?

    So long as they are valid contemporaneous minutes, perhaps accompanied by a tape.

    Unless of course the official minutes have been doctored.

  58. 58
    Vera says:

    he looks like Simon Westons slightly less attractive brother

  59. 59
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Now if either of the 2 Fokkers were out and about after a very liquid lunch, walked down Whitehall bumped into a copper, swore, and argued with the copper, the Police daft bus would be down there tooddy sweetie, the copper would given a caution first there though.

  60. 60
    FFS says:

    If Mitchell has to go because he swore under his breath, presumably the ten crooked and perverted LibDems should be executed.

  61. 61
    Grammar Nazi says:


  62. 62
    Deputy Grammar Nazi says:


  63. 63
    Corner of The Yard says:

    Sounds reasonable enough to me.

  64. 64
    Jack Sparrow says:

    the fact that a rogue copper made some other stuff up is a sideline, really.

    Err no…

    The fact they made that up, produced a witness that was also a plod but never there and changed their logs is critical . The next thing they said was that Mitchell called them plebs. I don’t believe them they are proven liars and the rest of it far from being sideline shows they are willing to lie to make case.

  65. 65
    FFS says:

    Democracy: one idiot, one vote

  66. 66
    By the way says:

    Being well known for their fair and open-minded views, readers of this site might also be interested in some of Dan Hodges other comments:

    “…We were told a tsunami of immigration was set to break over us. Not in a year. Not in a few months. Now. Today. It hasn’t happened. This time it isn’t the multiculturalists who have screwed up. Or Tony Blair and his ministers. Or the EU and its civil servants. The anti-immigration lobby told us an invasion was coming. The anti-immigration lobby was wrong.” Telegraph, January 2nd, 2014

  67. 67
    Rightwinggit says:

    Use a Trebuchet.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Me please ! i think Dan is rather lush !

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    on, Jack.The ones you mentioned come over as very unpleasant, Yvette and Ange in particular.

  70. 70
    me says:

    Hodges is thoroughly decent journalist. T’is a pity he is a B.liarite.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Someone tell Mitchell that his little bit of bother is not exactly the Dreyfus affair.

  72. 72
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Are Dan Hodges and John McTernan related? They both talk the same style of shit.

  73. 73
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

  74. 74
    cured lefty says:

    you are on the button its obvious they have all been trained up she is just a paticularly nasty exponent joco was a fucking disgrace letting her dominate brillo would have kicked her k9unt in early doors!

  75. 75
    Yankee Go Home says:

    “I would trust her as far as I can throw her”


  76. 76
    broderick crawford says:

    can a homophobic insult be ” hurled” ?

    If so is it heavy enough to cause moderate , serious or possibly fatal injury dependent on its projectile velocity?

    homophobic insults should be kept in sealed containers under lock and key other than when in use .

    Their loss or other form of absence from the owners curtiledge MUST be reported immediately such event is discovered .

    Health and Safety Executive .

  77. 77
    broderick crawford says:

    she obviously was mentored by Laurie Penny then ,,,,,,

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Reflects of a past Scandal?

    According to law, what anyone believes is of little interest – the thing that matters is what WAS said. Since this is likely to go to court, Nothing Has Been Proven. And is not that way some in high places want it to remain?

  79. 79
    Actually says:

    The anti-immigration lobby has been successful, for once.

  80. 80
    Bill says:

    Cynic’s definition of democracy:

    The counting of heads without regard to what they contain.

  81. 81
    The Late Lord Deedes says:

    ‘Minister for Faith’ shurley?

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