February 3rd, 2014

One Question PAC Should Ask Mark Thompson

For the third time in 15 months Mark Thompson is back home answering questions about a BBC scandal, up in front of the Public Accounts Committee today. Guido has one question they should ask him.

Below is a letter sent by law firm Mills & Reeve on behalf of Thompson and BBC exec Helen Boaden to the Sunday Times’ lawyers on the 6th September 2012. In it, Thompson and Boaden threaten to sue the Sunday Times if it publishes a story by freelance hack Miles Goslett detailing their knowledge of the Savile scandal. Thompson has always claimed he knew nothing of the sex abuse rumours about Jimmy Savile until after he quit as BBC chief, on the 16th September 2012.

How can Thompson have denied knowing about allegations which his own lawyer was threatening to sue a newspaper over? Perhaps the PAC should try to find out…


  1. 1
    Mark T says:

    It’s easy

  2. 2
    Fairy story says:

    Is Michael Gove reading a story to Primary 1?

  3. 3
    When will Chris Patten stop beating his meat? says:

  4. 4
    Teachers says:

    Detention is against bullies’ human rights!

    Prizes for all!

  5. 5
    Narcissist watch says:

    To maintain a beard that short requires standing in front of a mirror and preening oneself every morning.

  6. 6
    The Socialist Third sector says:

  7. 7
    Taxpayer says:

    Nothing like crooked lying City solicitors

    Killing freedom of speech and criminally threatening people

    They go hand in hand with this other bunch of fucking criminals


    Another £1.8 BILLION making a total of £10 BILLION

    and still not one motherfucker in jail for all of this…

  8. 8
    Podiceps says:

    Wot no Rich & Mark? Essential to give you that Monday morning feeling.

  9. 9
    A narcissist says:

    You just run over it with hair clippers with a No 2 plastic comb. Narcissism is easy if you know how.

  10. 10
    Sue Denim says:

    Try getting up earlier. Scroll down the page.

  11. 11
    Dan Hodges says:

    President Hollane just told me ” Monsieur Milibande? Il est un citron.”

  12. 12
    Mr Thompson says:

    I behave like one, so I may as well look like a neatly trimmed one.

  13. 13
    Clarence for Brighton says:

    I love Helen.

  14. 14
    TBrown hats, thin Beards says:

    The almost a beard and short hair has been been adopted by the homosexual community and is now their trade mark.

  15. 15
    Gordon McMad says:

    I have a beard.

  16. 16
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Not forgetting Macmillan Cancer’s Comms Chief…

  17. 17
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “In 2008, Brown changed the rules so charities could join political campaigns.”

    And what has Dave done to change the rules back…?

  18. 18
    Tax Charity Shops says:

    True. Nowadays it is impossible to even think about working for a charity in anything other than an unpaid capacity if you are not a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.

  19. 19
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    BBC… rotten to the Corp.

  20. 20
    Is she describing her figure? says:

  21. 21
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    New Populus poll: Lab 41% (+2), Con 32% (N/C), Lib Dems 11% (N/C), UKIP 9% (-1) http://popu.lu/s_vi140203

    It’s bloody awful in the bunker,please hand me a tin hat asap.

  22. 22
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Filmed before this:

    The BBC is a brand damaged beyond repair.

    It needs to be terminated, and Thompson should not be at the New York Times.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Thompson must have the most dire reputation of any media executive in Britain/the US. What does the New York Times see in him?
    Boaden is a laughing stock.
    The BBC is rotten at its core.

  24. 24
    Jack Ketch says:

    I thought that Yasser Arafat invented the style–a permanent three day growth.

  25. 25
    Commuter says:

    It is time the London underground trains were driven by computer. This current round of strikes is ludicrous.

  26. 26
    One-term Dave (dragging the Tories to their grave) says:

    By jove! I’ve been far too busy, old bean! Since becoming PM, my government’s been devoted to more important matters than cleaning up the mess created by my hero Tony. Why, we’ve given away more than £41 billion in foreign aid! Jolly hard work, but jolly spiffing!

    Sorry, can’t do anything about the flooding, that would cost a couple of million. No money left, see?

    Tally ho!

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Chris Patten is a dishonest man, and he knows it.

  28. 28
    A House says:

    “Pushing the market towards a bubble?@

    Of course it’s a bubble. It is supposed to be.

    The only question is whether it burts before the next election with a hadr landing (as the FT wants) or after the next election, with an even harder landing (as Dave cameron wants).

  29. 29
    T May says:

    He’s the yanks’ problem.

  30. 30
    Sue says:

    I no longer give to any charity that receives money from the taxpayer or has an ex-Labour thug at the helm.

  31. 31
    Summer Holiday says:

    I do hope the BBC aren’t planning a special programme celebrating Cliff Richard’s career.

  32. 32
    Fatty Pang says:

    No I do not.

  33. 33
    President Obama says:

    It all started in Britain

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Goslett has evidence proving that Boaden and Thompson spent £803 of licence fee money on legal fees which resulted in this letter being sent. Chris Patten knows all about this.
    In other words, licence fee payers paid for this deceit.
    That tells you all you need to know about the people who run the BBC.

  35. 35
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    Does anyone else think Michael Gove is a complete bellend or is it just me ?

  36. 36
    Sir Stephen Bubb. Leader of the Charity Bosses' Union...A Labour party member says:

    Head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

    Bubb was a Labour Party member of Lambeth Borough Council for Clapham Town ward from 1982, serving as chief whip for the Labour group. When the Labour group protested against rate-capping by refusing to set a rate, Bubb was among 32 Lambeth councillors who were surcharged for causing the council a financial loss by wilful misconduct. This action disqualified him from being a councillor for five years from the end of March 1986

    With breathtaking arrogance, the chief spokesman for Britain’s voluntary organisations declares that charity bosses’ inflated salaries are ‘simply not an issue’ for donors.


  37. 37
    c777 says:

    He’ll fit in perfectly its the US Guardian.

  38. 38
    Summer Holiday says:


    “Prince Charles said he was saddened by the news”

    “Crowds loved him”

    “A profound enigma”

    “Fulfilling ordinary people’s dreams”

    “Put his celebrity to use”

    “Raised £20 million”

    “It was all fun. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fun”.

    “Jimmy was a wonderful man”.

    “Found consolation in doing good”.

    Nope, no cover-up by the beeb there.

  39. 39
    Sir William Wayde says:

    What is Dame Shirley Bassey doing, writing snotty legal letters?

  40. 40
    Jack Ketch says:

    It is worth reading the detail of the poll. It is based on a GE, not the Euros. UKIP’s share of the D/E income segment is 13%! In the North it is 10%-the same as in the South East. It drops off in Scotland (Jocks) and the South West (Gyppos).

  41. 41
    A vulva says:

    Just you.

  42. 42
    When will they ever learn? says:

    Excellent article by Guido Alex (for once)

    The problem the Tories have with the House of Lords are entirely of their own making

    They are so fucking short sighted that they could not see a Jihadi about to punch them in de face

    UKIP, with all its shortcomings, is the only solution

  43. 43
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Just you and the hidebound reactionaries at the NUT.

  44. 44
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    The BBC have been running rac!ally divisive programming in the US for a while now on the BBC America channel.

    Like P!ers M’organ, T’hompson is a flawed liberal left apartchik who has been appointed to one of the major liberal left media outlets.

    The rationale behind these types of appointments is somewhat muddied now.

    Thompson will be safe at the New York Times until the stock or circulation drops, or the board find someone more agreeable to head what is reputed to be a wholesome family broadsheet.

    The dubious UK appointments of the left will be axed one way or another when O’bama is finally evicted.

  45. 45
    Maximus says:

    The Beast is hairy. It would never do for the mere Mark of the Beast’s Bolshevist Cabal to aspire to be its equal.

  46. 46
    When will they ever learn? says:

    And the Banks of course will write off BILLIONS of our cash


    After the banksters have taken their bonuses and run


  47. 47
    Sue says:

    We want his BBC pension back.

    No rewards for failure. No rewards for incompetence. No rewards for those who did nothing to protect children.

    He protected that filth & should pay.

  48. 48
    Hodge Podge - Super Hypocrite says:

    My committee has absolutely no intention of getting to the truth on the BBC and Thompson’s cover up of Jimmy Savile during our party’s period in power.
    The BBC are doing a sterling job of making the Labour Party electable and in power at the next election, and we have no reason the threaten this.

  49. 49
    Christopher 'Fat Pang' Patten says:

    I think you’ll like the Chablis; like a good headmaster, it is well-organised, and warm-hearted beneath a flinty exterior.

  50. 50
    Dame Jenny Morgan the quango whinger says:

    I agree with you and have gone whining and moaning to the BBC who have agreed to make it a major issue as it fits their agenda of bashing the Conservatives and getting the traitorous Lib Dems to side with Labour.

  51. 51
    EUHATER says:

    Their bonuses next time might as well be paid in Weimar Reichsmarks !

  52. 52
    Maximus says:

    Evidently either she can’t afford a hanky or lawyer, or hasn’t mastered email or tw@tter.

  53. 53
    Mr Anonymous says:

    Great digging by Guido, as ever.

    But as someone who has not been following the precise twists & turns of this case, it would have been nice to have seen a quote or two from Mark Thompson denying that he knew about the claims prior to Sept 6th. Then, in my view, you would have him bang to rights. As it is, we only have your word that he has denied knowing about the accusations at the time of the (heavy handed) letter.

  54. 54
    BBC Rapid Rebuttal Service says:

    Executive Order 432423.434324.42334534.634643.A898989.6464554.123123.03022014

    Deploy Owen Jones across all output rapidly.

  55. 55
    My dog says:

    He had mange

  56. 56
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics today.
    Strange that Ed Miliband got rid of her from the shadow cabinet (junior minister) with about 15 months to go until the 2015 election.
    Even more strange is that she now appears on the BBC two to three times a week. So with an election coming and the BBC supposedly not biased politically, why is a labour former junior minister given so much exposure by the BBC.
    Guido could ask the question! The BBC needs to answer.

  57. 57
    Harper Road, London, SE1 6AG is nowhere near Stoke says:

  58. 58
    Mark Thompson says:

    Please make all the nasty comments go away.

  59. 59
  60. 60
    your? senior man answers says:

    So where is your beard Gordon.
    The beard is the hairy areas I never trim.

  61. 61
    EUHATER says:

    Stoke is now 99% ethnic ?

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Thompson told the Pollard Review that this letter was sent without his knowledge – and Nick Pollard believed him. You’ll see it in the transcripts.
    Who in their right mind would believe that a letter like this, threatening to sue the Sunday Times on behalf of the chief of the BBC, could be sent without that chief’s knowledge?
    Mainstream media outlets lost interest in this whole story way too early. Thompson misled; Patten knows all about it and has carried on the cover-up.
    And, so far, both have got away with it despite this evidence floating around for ages.

  63. 63
    And Dave? says:

    So this morning Geedo has done

    Crooked Unions
    Crooked Quangos
    Crooked Tory MPs
    Crooked LibDem Mp
    And Crooked BBC

    And they are crooked.

    But Dave is the PM, what is Dave doing about them?

    FFS the only thing that Dave put any energy into during all his time as PM was Homosexual Marriage and that wasn’t even in his manifesto or a demand of the Homosexual lobby.

  64. 64
    EUHATER says:

    If the BBC imagine for one moment that this will increase the Labour vote ,it can only go down as an own goal.

  65. 65
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    One of labour’s bandwagon spins is that all teachers should be qualified. If this is the case then should all apprentices have to be taught by a person with a teaching qualification? So for instance if an apprentice is being trained in engineering, do all the engineers that teach that apprentice need a teaching qualification?

  66. 66
    Another narcissist says:

    Narcissists don’t have beards of any sort: far too ugly. Only prats do.

  67. 67
    FFS says:

    And whilst the people on the bottom rung are usually volunteers, the people at the top always seem to be on £150K+ salaries.

  68. 68
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    So how much has Abbott made on her tax payer funded property. Abbott is totally stupid, she just can’t help herself.

  69. 69
    Sesame Street says:

    One of these kids is not like the other…..

  70. 70
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    What was that on the side of Diane Abbott’s neck (Daily Politics Show). It couldn’t be a love bite, could it? Anyone seen a visitor with a guide dog at her house?

  71. 71
    Ester Rancid says:

    We all knew nothin’.

  72. 72
    Yuk alert says:

    Yuk, it would be like shagging a cheap DFS settee.

  73. 73
    They go for soundbites without thinking. says:

    It is stupid and unworkable.

    To stop people who can do from teaching in state schools would be a massive retreat in standards. There are many experts/professionals who give their time for free and they would be banned under Labour, including one David Miliband who gives up his time for nothing teaches politics to ordinary children

  74. 74
    $aville says, the children knew but their parents didn't says:

  75. 75
    Guy News Room says:

    Guido Fawkes calls on Gove to reinstate Baroness Morgan as Chair of Ofsted.

  76. 76
    FFS says:

    Populus have shown UKIP lower than LibDems in every one of their polls, in complete contrast to the other pollsters:


  77. 77
    Owen Jones says:

    How come this back bench MP gets so much BBC telly time?

  78. 78
    Joe says:

    Which part of South Africa is he visiting?

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    I think the technical term is “Diverse”.

    As in Nigeria, India, !srael = 100% diverse. Iceland, Finland, Poland = 0% diverse.

    You get the picture.

  80. 80
    No it's not hard and neither is this says:

    Nope and you don’t need a PGCE to teach/lecture at Universities or FE colleges either. THIS is not about teaching kids it’s about keeping the “closed shop” and the NUT is one of the last bastions of THAT principle

  81. 81
    The way of the world says:

    Slight exagerration: there are lots of dedicated staff in charities working for a fraction of what they could earn elsewhere.

    They are usually the competent ones who actually get things done, but not very good at office polticis because they assume everyone else is altruistic: the political bigwigs then invariably steal the credit they are due and get high salaries, the MBEs and damehoods.

  82. 82
    Bilda Berger says:

    That probably rules them all out, so why not send your spare cash to me?

  83. 83
    Ianto Evans says:

    Telling fibs whilst in public office.

    well I never…………..

  84. 84
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    “House of Lords catering complaints revealed”


    “One peer, who booked lunch for a party of nine, was unhappy to find the creme brulee, ordered to come with stewed berries, arrived fruitless.”

  85. 85
    Bilda Berger says:

    He was submerged, in quest of minnows.

  86. 86
    Mitch says:

    O/T – Cameron has ‘overuled’ the Home office and allowed pubs to stay open during the World cup games. This situation has obviously been staged to present Cameron as on the side of the ‘man in the pub’. He is a disgrace.

  87. 87
    The BBC says:

    We all knew that Jimmy was a shild sex perv back in the days when he presented Top of the Pops. So we put him in charge of a programme where he was responsible for taking youg children and “Fixing it for them”.

  88. 88
    An Unqualified Teacher who Labour would ban from state schools says:

  89. 89
    Bilda Berger says:

    She herself appears to be in a “bubble-like condition”. Stand well clear — she could burst at any moment.

  90. 90
    A taxpayers' alliance says:

    Do not pass go .

    Do not collect £200.

    Go directly to jail and no taxpayer funded pension for you!

  91. 91
    FFS says:

    Could that be ANYTHING to do with the recent poll that suggested Theresa May would be more popular than Wavy Davey as head of the Tories?

  92. 92
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    “A new coffee machine in the Lords bar was deemed “inferior”, with a peer concerned that the whole building might now be devoid of decent cappuccino options.”

  93. 93
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    “Corruption across EU ‘breathtaking’ – EU Commission”

  94. 94
    cheap DFS settee says:

    We haver 0% interest !

  95. 95
    Mr Creasote says:

  96. 96
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    How about throwing away the key too ?

  97. 97
    Bilda Berger says:


  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    If the establishment are willing to throw Mr X under the double decker bus as a distraction, you know the net must be closing in on the big fish in the political sphere.

  99. 99
    UKIP or bust says:

    Clueless, that’s what this metrocentric LibLabCon elite are. They see Farage is popular, they see Farage uses pubs, so instead of copying Farage’s polices they copy his use of pubs.

    He’s popular becouse he wants what is good for the British.

    ‘king clueless, out of touch privileged wankers, the lot of ‘em.

  100. 100
    John Smith says:

    Pubs are basically allowed to open 24 hours, anyway, so what kind of ‘permission’ was required? Who would seriously try and close a pub during a world cup game?

  101. 101
    David - arse fuck for freedom - Cameron says:

    Yes, that’s right…bi-curious!

  102. 102
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    Bowl of porridge and a bucket with icicles on your window.

    No tags or library duties just because you can read and went to school with the Governors

  103. 103
    All in this together says:

    And to think I came all this way to collect my £300, and I’m treated like this!

  104. 104
    A C P O says:

    Bugger me! Another Association of Chiefs……

    How many more us are there?

  105. 105
    The City Banksters says:

    Yes!, we think UKIP is the only solution too.

    Out of the EU now!

  106. 106
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Look on the bright side, at least Fatbot would have to shut her massive pie hole as she is eminently unqualified to tell anyone anything.

  107. 107
    FFS says:

    So says the party that brought in completely unqualified teaching assistants

  108. 108
    Oscar from Reading says:

    Yeah right on Phil mate.

    We are all equal here but some are more equal than others.

    Did you dave croissant with your tea this morning?

    They just haven’t got a clue. The merchant bankers think it is all anal sex and a bed of roses here.

    They know nothing.

  109. 109
    FFS says:

    In dark brown leather

  110. 110
    Which ones are not the African visitors? says:

  111. 111
    FFS says:

    Secret right-wingers within the BBC trying to undermine Labour by giving the Incredible Fatbott as much airtime as possible.

  112. 112
    Fly on the wall says:

    It is clear then that they select their questionees in the same way the BBC select their QT audiences. It is quite safe to ignore all these idiot biased polls.

  113. 113
    Ed Miliband says:

    And unqualified (for the real world) leaders.

  114. 114
    Watson says:

    Well, you are the detectives….

  115. 115
    Mossad says:

    “I thought that Yasser Arafat invented the style–a permanent three day growth.”

    No, it was us that gave Arafat a permanent growth!

  116. 116
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Why are all the pieces of paper white ?

  117. 117
    chutchy face says:

    Thanks Mousey, shame Liebour didn’t reorganise the catering in the Palace of Westminster, I agree 13 years isn’t a long time to do much except spray the people taxes up the wall on nothing and take £100 billion out of the pensions pot.

  118. 118
    The pools of vomit says:

    Shhhhh. You are undermining David’s chances of re-election.

  119. 119
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    I thought there was some EU summit on when we were playing in the World Cup ?

  120. 120
    LibLabCon Propaganda Ops says:

    Where are the student leaders ?

  121. 121
    empty chairs says:

    Seems to be a lot of truants?
    Or maybe the teachers miscounted the number of pupils who were to have attended?

  122. 122
    The Squeezed Middle says:

    If they don’t like it they can always bring a packed lunch to work.

  123. 123
    Prof John Wood says:

    Don’t waste your time taking Science or Engineering in the UK kids, unless you’re intending to join the Climate Change shysters or emigrating.

  124. 124
    Multi-Culti says:

    Where are all the hideous white people?

  125. 125
    Jimmy Hill says:

    No ,no ,no!

    The summit occurs when the Quarter Finals are on.

    With Woy of the Wovers in charge we will be finished long before then.

  126. 126
    Macmillan Cancer Campaign says:

    Give money to us, or these two sociopathic role model daughters who are clearly of different fathers to this poor old woman, will leave her to die in the street, cold and alone, of cancer…

    … not that your donations are paying their wage, or for this advertising slot, oh no, all the loot money goes to cancer research…

  127. 127
    Lance Corporal Bill Bloggs (retired) says:

    Australia would be my guess.

  128. 128
    Questions for Globe Academy says:

    Why are they not in lessons?
    Are they to make up the valuable time missed from their studies?
    Are the parents/carers to be fined for allowing them out of lessons?
    Why are two of them making attempting to impress each other instead of impressing the African visitors?

  129. 129
    Fly on the wall says:

    Hey! How did you know my Magic Roundabout check-in password?

  130. 130
    carlo gambino says:

    ‘The professional and personal reputations of Mark Thompson and Helen Boaden’.

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  131. 131
    Fly on the wall says:

    Sky does something similar with Jowell, Smiff, Motormouth McGuire etc…

    There really is no escape from these lefty cvnts.

  132. 132
    "The Gangsta Glass of 2014" - Diane Abbott says:

    Someone at the Globe Acedemy has got a fucking wicked sense of humour.

  133. 133
    Nurse Pilgrim says:

    I am outraged.

  134. 134
    Tom from Burnham on Sea says:

    He is an ugly looking ‘ugger in’t he.

  135. 135
    Fly on the wall says:

    A chair is something to be sat on – which looks exactly like what Gove has done to her!

  136. 136
    Tessa Jowell, Ex MP (Designate) says:


    Perhaps we need a Chief of the Combined Association of Chiefs.

    Could be an opening there. I’ll need a job soon

  137. 137
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    I know how the little Lord feels.

  138. 138
    The Hackney Hippo says:

    My kids were too good for trashy state schools!

    West Indian mothers would go to the wall for their sons!

  139. 139
    Ron from Walton says:

    Never mind my Lord.

    Would you like a nice chocolate eclair ?

  140. 140
    broderick crawford says:

    Sorry Guido bit slow this morning must be the oncoming senility .

    But surely the letter us not DENYING the existence oF the allegations nor their knowledge of them by Thompson /Boaden.
    It is merely maintaining they are UNTRUE as far as their being directed at these two is concerned and therefore threatens suit if they are printed in that context .

  141. 141
    Hernnstein and Murray's "The Bell Curve" says:

    You never see many black engineers or scientists…I wonder why?

  142. 142
    green people are sentencing 30,000 people to death this winter says:

    And abolish Stamp Duty while you are at it .

  143. 143
    Tom from Burnham on Sea says:

    Clever Cloggs at 6 o’clock.

  144. 144
    Harmer Smith says:

    That reminds me.

    Have they arrested the Krankies yet for their part in the singing sixties?

  145. 145
    DLT says:

    I notice the girl on the far left has really nice hands.

  146. 146
    carlo gambino says:

    UKIP spammers (boring for Britain no) have this strange belief that a UKIP MP (ho) is somehow going to be a shinier, nrighter, more honest, more hard-working beast than the current shower of shites.

    How are things in Cloud-Cuckoo Land?

  147. 147
  148. 148
    BBC unfit for purpose says:

    I think he ha a beard because he likes to look like a Berkshire Hunt as well as being one.

  149. 149
    FFS says:

    It is a clear choice between those that might be more honest and might be less corrupt and those that are proven to be both dishonest and corrupt.

    The choice is that simple. Vote UKIP.

  150. 150
    We KNOW liblabcon are liars.. we can hope UKIP less so. says:

    everyone I speak to.

    Vote UKIP at every opportunity, it’s the only protest vote available to us.

  151. 151
    Mr Anonymous says:

    Interesting – thanks to both of you.

  152. 152
    NUT jobs says:

    Teachers should not be allowed to be members of extremist groups such as anarchist swp

  153. 153
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Scruffy (vnt!

  154. 154
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Why do you think that I don’t donate to Oxfam, or the Sally Ann?

  155. 155
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    No shit!

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George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…

“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”

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