April 4th, 2014

Craig Oliver: “Gallagher is Talking Rubbish About Me”

Craig Oliver is in full denial mode after former Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher went after him on the Today programme, suggesting that the Downing Street spin boss cited Leveson when trying to shut down the Maria Miller story:

“It is entirely false to suggest that I tried to threaten him with Leveson in any way. The conversation I had with him was about the inappropriate doorstepping of an elderly man (Maria Miller’s father).”

Gallagher has hinted to the Daily Politics that he has a tape.  Craig emailed the show live to say “Tony is talking rubbish about me, and you can use that”.

This is getting serious…

UPDATE: Gallagher has hit back: “it’s almost as if Craig wants to make the story about him. It isn’t. He is a human shield for Miller. He adds “Incidentally, I note there is no denial coming from Jo Hindley.”

UPDATE II: No tape.


  1. 1
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Popcorn time!

  2. 2
    We should do the same to r*pists here says:

    Mumbai court gives death sentence to three men over the gang r*pe of a photojournalist last year

  3. 3
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Handbags at dawn !

  4. 4
    Max says:

    Play the tape

  5. 5
    Someone asking Guido to get the cross-hairs out says:

    Get the cross-hairs out, Guido, Miller will not survive this.

  6. 6
    "Gentlemen?". Choose your weapon. says:

  7. 7
    nell says:

    And honorable dave cameron has of course sacked miller hasn’t he?

    Because if he doesn’t he’ll be as tainted by it as she is. Getting a bit close to the 2015 election – he doesn’t need this scandal hanging around too long .

  8. 8
    Why isn't Brown sacked for non-attendence? says:

    Proof that politicians and their bag carriers will use the power of the state to protect their interests against the public interest.

  9. 9
    Dual On says:

    Go on Guido. Take a selection of Handbags around to number ten, dressed in your mourning suite accompanied by H@rry the undertaker and a snapper.

  10. 10
    Red Rum says:

    Who cares? It’s Slappers’ Day at Aintree.

  11. 11
    John Tandy says:

    Personally i believe Gallagher myself. Millers Spads threatened the newspaper concerned with Leveson, which she (Miller) is in charge of ! Like nicking £1 million of taxpayers cash that’s unforgivable she should be sacked…..

  12. 12
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Who is Craig Oliver? Has he fiddled his expenses?

  13. 13
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have instructed my lawyers to issue proceedings against Mr Forks for slandering my good name by suggesting I am personally benefiting from my charitable and humanitarian work. I am a statesman of high global standing with a flawless reputation and these smears are just an attempt to harm my good name.

  14. 14
    Daily Heil says:

    David Cameron named the massive increase in Britain’s foreign aid budget as his ‘proudest achievement’ in Government. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that Britain exceeded Mr Cameron’s controversial foreign aid target for the first time last year, giving away £11.4billion.

  15. 15
    P l e b says:

    He waited weeks over Mitchell.

  16. 16
    Bumbandits r us says:

    He fiddles with Dave’s cock. Lovely pink shirt.

  17. 17
    Maximus says:

    And who was the minister in charge of Leveson? Munter Miller.

    What goes around, comes around. Gayety (sic) of the nation et cetera.

  18. 18
    Fishy says:

    I saw Gallagher’s interview. He was very unimpressive, seemingly desperately trying to hard to deflect and wriggle out of the Craig Oliver issue.

    Quite frankly, I didn’t believe him. But then again he says he has tapes of the threats made by Miller’s SPAD…if he routinely records his calls, let him publish the call from Oliver (but don’t expect there to be one).

  19. 19
    The Tosser in No 10 says:

    The most beautiful sound I ever heard:
    Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria . . .
    All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word . .
    Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria . . .
    I’ve just met a girl named Maria,
    And suddenly that name
    Will never be the same
    To me.

  20. 20
    Fucking dis custard says:

    He needs stuffing with the bell end of a rag man’s trumpet

  21. 21
    ByStander #52 (viewing the Env. Agency triumph in Zomerzet) says:

    Fuck off you vile lump of dredged up swamp shit!

  22. 22
    A Doorstep says:

    Why shouldn’t the press doorstep Miller’s father? The fucking parasite is living for free in a house wrongly paid for by taxpayers. We have a right to know what this moral pygmy looks like.

  23. 23
    A Voter says:

    Funny, we thought you were an MP, elected to represent the good folk of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

  24. 24
    Charles Lynton says:

    Cameron is in a different class to The Master: a PR man who’s crap at PR

  25. 25
    C O (Ξ7n) says:

    Cameron must be regretting the day he acquiesced to M’iliband’s call for a jud!cial inquiry into phone hacking…

    Vote UKIP.

  26. 26
    A Doorstep says:

    She should be in prison.

  27. 27
    Red Sox Miliband says:

    Didn’t Craig Oliver sing “I believe I can fly”?

  28. 28
    Voice in a Padded Room at CurrrCudeee Asylum for Lunatics and Moral Defectives says:

    Coz I’m banged up here!!!!



  29. 29
    Wally says:

    Cameron Is a bellend.

  30. 30
    The raggletaggles says:

    We stole it for the scrap

  31. 31
    A Pervert says:

    She should be in the stocks with her knickers down.

  32. 32
    P Doff says:

    There are over sixty million people in this country who haven’t fraudulently misused public money in this way. Every one of them should get a turn at being MP before we hear from Miller again.

    She should be very grateful that resignation’s an option. I’d have her leaving the commons in handcuffs

  33. 33
    ordinary member of the public says:

    This is a side issue.
    The main issue is that Miller needs to be sacked.
    And quickly.

  34. 34
    Duty Pedant says:

    It’s not even resignation. It’s demotion from her cabinet seat back to being just an MP.


  35. 35
    Tony Gallagher says:

    Our calls at the Telegraph are recorded as a matter of routine.

  36. 36
    Mong the Miliband says:

    Some additional smearing of the Dunce of Downing street should not be avoided. It is somewhat cathartic.

  37. 37
    ReeBekkkkaaaarrrrhhhhhh says:

    Tony and ‘Dave’ advised me all would be OK

  38. 38
    HM Her Majesty and All Who Sail Close To The Wind With her says:

    The point about this is not whether the press were actually threatened or not, but that they could be threatened. This is all thanks to my government, my Privy Council and my abandonment of my coronation oath to protect and uphold the laws of freedoms of the English nation.

    If not this time, next time.

  39. 39
    Poo Tin says:

    It was all a simple mistake officer, I was carrying this ‘breaking in’ equipment for a friend and I was pushed for time, tripped, fell into the store and my hands got stuck on this TV, there must be super glue on it…….!

    This woman didn’t realise she was living with her parents? Really?

  40. 40
    A Pervert says:

    SACKED!…she needs to be banged up …and then put into prison!

  41. 41
    Passer By says:

    Who are you trying to punish?

  42. 42
    well Said says:


  43. 43
    Moon-faced Knobend in number 10 says:

    Farage and Clegg both have extremist positions on Europe. The great British public fully agree with my position which is….errr…..errrr. Lynton, what’s my position on Europe this week?

  44. 44
    Huntwatch says:

    Perfectly plausible if you are a a cabinet minister, it’s a busy life running the country. After all, David Laws didn’t recognise that he was living with his “friend”.

  45. 45
    Gordon Brown says:

    Has anyone seen a moral compass lying about anywhere?

  46. 46
    Huntwatch says:

    Moon-faced Knobend is trainspotting in Devon.

  47. 47
    Lynton Crosby says:


  48. 48
    Some foreigner says:

    That you are not extreme.

  49. 49
    OnBenefits says:

    Meanwhile…fail to complete your fortnightly ‘job search’ requirements to the whim of some job centre advisor trying to meet his or her ConDem government instituted sanctioning target and you’re left without any means of subsistence for a few weeks or months and left to queue at a food bank or starve. Miller’s a former DWP minister isn’t she?

  50. 50
    The headlines says:

    This government of thieves backs a thief.

  51. 51
    Grammar School Boy says:

    …and so she shouldn’t!

  52. 52
    A Reader says:

    A grinning Carry Hole first thing in the morning, presenting milk and microphone, should get the message across.

  53. 53
    Former Voter says:

    MM buys her parents a house with taxpayer funds 30 minutes from Westminster.
    But claims she spends most of her time in a house she rents in her Basingstoke constituency. Handy that. Particularly handy that you can designate which property is your principal one (for expenses purposes) without any evidence.
    Most people would consider that the rental house is the genuine ‘expense’ – but then there’s no profit there.
    So we pay for a house for mum and dad, she not only claims but over-claims the expenses; says sorry, pays back a paltry £5k and keeps the £1m profit.

    Of course, if any of the rest of us fiddled our expenses to the tune of £5k, we’d be sacked.

  54. 54
    perdix says:

    It’s pretty evident that the press is keen to find anything to discredit Miller because she has been involved with plans for press regulation. The press has abused its freedom in the past. Those who abuse their freedom will find it curtailed.

  55. 55
    Plod says:

    You seem to have dropped your ‘adminstrative crowbar’, Sir.

    You don’t mind if I sit nearby politely and support you while you load it into your get-away vehicle?

  56. 56
    Tony E says:

    Absolutely – if you have the tape Gallagher – bloody release it.

    If not – shut up.

  57. 57
    Freedom says:


  58. 58
    Hacked Off Bigtime says:

    I find this quite extraordinary

    her parents get a nice home and look after it for her while it soars in value

    while WE pay an extortionate amount of interest on a loan which was over TWICE THE VALUE of the house anyway

    and she comes away with a profit of over a million which we have helped her to accumulate

    and it’s OK to you Mr Cameron??????

  59. 59
    Divine Brown says:

    Is that Hugh? You want to get your knob out?

  60. 60
    Boss Hogg says:

    Nothing to see here, move along..

  61. 61
    The Crowd says:

    O.D.F.O. !!!!

  62. 62
    Lynton Crosby says:

    Don’t rock the boat.

    Remember, “we” are all in it together.

  63. 63
    The Prime Minister's support says:

    When I hear and read about the behaviour of Ghanaian politicians and compare it with what occasionally happens in the UK, it makes me believe that politicians, wherever they are, are almost the same. In politics for personal gain and to get as much as they can get away from the state.

    So, if an MP claimed mortgage support from the tax payer for a second home and that home is subsequently sold for a huge profit, can the state not claw back at least, the mortgage support element? And, is it ok for the state to pay the mortgage for a property that was occupied for a period by the parents of the MP? Does bedroom tax also apply to MPs if they have spare room/s for their parents or family members? I guess we are all in it together as they claim

  64. 64
    Tooting Popular Front says:

    The Establishment must piss themselves laughing at us.

    we are just a resource to be used like any other commodity……..used,abused,worn out then thrown away………

    step out of line and then you are in deep shit……

    but for them?
    say sorry…..

    and guess what? we allow it by doing nothing…….

  65. 65
    smigsays says:

    You’re a feckless, pocket-lining, charity-rigging waste of space.

    While I’m here, you’re also a total gobshite that wrecked an economy that was just starting to get back on its feet.
    1997 was a bad year. I’m just thoroughly pissed off with myself that I was too young to realise what a bunch of treacherous, evil, manipulative, thieving, war-mongering arseholes the Labour Party and its members truly are.

    Step away from the keyboard BRuin. You have a glass eye to lick and I hope you choke on it.

  66. 66
    Bottom line says:

    Have to say, no elderly people would have been doorsteped in the first place if Miller hadnt lied about who was actually living there at the time.

  67. 67
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  68. 68
    Oh look another fraudster being protected says:

    He has a shameful track record on this , remember Spelman .

  69. 69
    smigsays says:

    I’ve seen it.
    It looks to be in the same, sorry state as one of your Nokias.

  70. 70
    Fed up Joe Public & all voting UKIP ORG says:

    All of the pontificating & robust denials from the Dunces Den No.10
    has the same strong whiff surrounding all of it.

    And that is beside the constant foul odour of them all continually
    kaking themselves, its the hysterical odour of electioneering
    leading up to a snap G.E being called for May 22 2014!!….

    As the Dunces Den @ No.10 see this as the only way to trounce
    some chap called Nigel @ both EUSSR & now the G.E. elections !!

    But the Peoples Army have much more backbone & wont be walked
    over yet again, by the Political Establishment…….who’s 29 lives have
    run out completly…….

    Its time for real change !!!!

  71. 71
    Vinny says:

    Vote Tory – get Stalin

  72. 72
    Edward Cooper & Yvette Balls says:

    To true we couldnt decide what the term ‘second home’ actually meant it’s so complicated.

  73. 73
    Thought for today says:

    How the fuck is that not FRAUD !

  74. 74
    jgm2 says:

    Property speculation is the number one interest amongst MPs.

    I sat through the property boom of 2001 onwards while every mechanism was used as an excuse to lower interest rates and, having lived through the previous property bust, I was tearing my hair out wondering what the fuck was going on and why was our government not only allowing it to happen but actively engendering it.

    Then the expenses scandal broke and we could see MPs were simply buying and refurbishing flats on ‘expenses’ and then flipping them. They had a vested interest in a booming property market. And they were/are in a position to make sure it keeps booming.

    And the scales fell from my eyes.

    Insider dealing.

    In any other situation the perpetrators would be arrested for market manipulation and insider dealing.

  75. 75
    Gertcha says:

    Cameron is such a wet, liberal, anti-democratic, pro-fraud, bum-sex bastard.

    I’d rather vote for fucking Kinnock, at least he got rid of the militant left.

    Vote tory, get bell-end.

  76. 76
    David Cameons very transparent politics says:

    Did you notice I tried to climb on board the Zeitgeist by piggy backing on Nigels ‘Peoples Army’ catchphrase by coming up with my own ‘orange army one’ . Good eh !

  77. 77
    Big Brother says:

    I’ll decide who has been abusing their freedom or not.

    You want to watch it sonny, it could be you.

  78. 78
    Piers Morgan says:

    Sorry did someone call ?

  79. 79
    Bernie Made Off MP says:

    Best thing to do in those circumstances is for one of you to designate one home as your second one and one of you the other. Nobody will bat an eyelid.

  80. 80
    Fishy says:

    If that is the real Tony G, I’d say publish the transcript then.

  81. 81
    Dave's best mate says:

    Dave – face it.

    You’re a flabby, lying, useless wanker.

    Do us all a favour – fuck off and die.

  82. 82
    The BBC in the wake of the Savile scandal says:

    Why dont they just do what we do and remove them from the position of accountability and responsibility but continue to pay them the same salary ?

  83. 83
    African Rock python says:

    Nah, that was oliver Letwin

  84. 84
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    “good folk of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath?????”

    Are you mad? His constituents are not good folk. These are the fcuking mongs that keep re-electing the fcuker! 6 fingered inbred fcuktards with not a brain cell between them.

  85. 85
    Louche Lawyer says:

    “Mr Oliver, I do NOT offer No Win, No Fee for criminal cases.

    Furthermore, I WILL NOT act for grubby little oiks such as yourself!

    Now, crawl back under that rock from whence you came.”

  86. 86
    inside out says:

    Most national Newspapers record their important phone calls,as does No.10.It,s difficult to deny whats on a tape.

  87. 87
    nigels parachute says:

    Dave is gonna regret his decision to hold onto her

    She is a dead duck as culture secretary. A reshuffle cannot come soon enough

  88. 88
    inside out says:

    Call me Dave is claiming maximum expenses on his houses,he can hardly complain about his underling Ministers.

  89. 89
    William says:

    As are other people’s calls.

  90. 90
    smigsays says:

    Piers. You can fuck off too.

    I stupidly and naively followed the advice of those tosspots that were “City Slickers”.

    Cost me a large sum of money and I learned a very valuable lesson that day.

    Rot in hell you duplicitous lying bastard.

  91. 91
    Check Facts First says:

    After watching Gallagher today I got the distinct impression he was making it up on the hoof. No doubt there was a conversation but not the one Gallagher tried to assert it was to Andrew Neill. Gallagher said there is a tape of the conversation. now there isn`t but “I have notes made at the time.” Yes Mr Gallagher, but just when and with whom? Trouble with this is that Gallagher has let his self interest about Leveson cock up a good story. He will now become the story instead of Miller.

  92. 92
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Agreed 100%

  93. 93
    The Old Codger says:

    It sounds as if it will be handbags at dawn. Who can you believe from the porkie pie factory, he is spinning so fast that he has become dizzy

  94. 94
    Grammar School Boy says:

    For quality and training purposes only?

  95. 95
    Tory Boys are best says:

    I would have taken this story a lot more seriously if there had been a contemporaneous Police complaint.

  96. 96
    A flying seagull says:

    Dead Ducks in a pond usually create quite a stink in a very short space of time.

  97. 97
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Can we import some useful judicial type muzzies then from there to show our weenies how it should be done?

  98. 98
    Fred the pensioner says:

    I think you mean the pillory rather than the stocks.

  99. 99
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Are you going to tell us what that Catholic bloke in the funny hat said to you yesterday?

  100. 100
    Fred the pensioner says:

    … and sneaking in sneaky remarks abut how wonderful the train set is that nobody wants. Pity there wasn’t a train coming, somebody could accidentally have bumped into him. (so he could get a close up and personal view of the track repairs).

  101. 101
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Yes, they usually tern bad inside an hour.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    According to the Telegraph, Cameron has just been caught telling lies (again):
    when challenged at Dawlish he said that lay members of the Committee had decided what Miller should do and not her fellow MPs.
    He has now had to admit that lay members cannot vote in that committee and therefore he “mislead” his listeners. Terribly sorry old chap, or words to that effect.

  103. 103
    Dougie says:

    Sad to see The Telegraph copying the tabloids by door-stepping the elderly and vulnerable. I never liked Gallagher and I like him less now.

  104. 104
    coeur_de_lion says:

    Tony Gallagher is a dick. Craig Oliver is a dick. But this Miller tart must be pretty well regarded given the mess she’s being allowed to create.

  105. 105
    broderick crawford says:


    I won four grand compo coz someone tried to ” stick ” me in jail .

    Against me eeewwwwmmmmaann rights were nt it

    Ministry of Justice not best pleased .

    Still , keep me in khat for the next four years.

  106. 106
    broderick crawford says:

    is that you mr clifford ??

  107. 107
    broderick crawford says:

    Has nt this Oliver fellow been traced by the Schools Inspectorate yet and been put back in kindergarten ?

  108. 108
    broderick crawford says:

    Who s that sitting at Brillo s left hand ?
    Looks like Gideon s younger brother .

  109. 109
    Displaced Brummie says:

    So, first Gallaghliar has got a tape, then he hasn’t, but he took notes. Yeah. Course he did.

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    “It is entirely false to suggest that”
    independent adjudication in regard to any matter is possible, when any side is in a position to exert leverage on another? The only way to prevent politicians, press and police from acting in an unconscionable manner, is to directly involve the people in overseeing them.

    “he has a tape.”
    If there is one:Play it, and be damned. If there isn’t one: Did no one learn anything from Pleb-Gate?

  111. 111
    Alun Rees says:

    I know who I believe. Tony always had an immaculate note when he was on the road.

  112. 112
    Eraser Nelson says:

    She was the falk catcher on gay marriage. She’s untouchable.

  113. 113
    Eraser Nelson says:

    What’s a falk catcher you ask…I meant flak catcher.

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Sad face

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