April 9th, 2014

The Final Straw

Gary Gibbon points out that Miller was pushed after her PPS’s multi-vehicle pile up on Sky News. MacLeod went to pieces when confronted with her text message, revealed exclusively by Guido, citing a Leveson witch-hunt:

“I was told by one government source that Maria Miller’s PPS’s appearance on Sky News and her text message to Tory backbenchers saying the attacks on Maria Miller were a media witch-hunt were “the final straw.” This “should never have been said,” another government source said.”

The wheels were off by the time discipline had collapsed and anger led to leaking.


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Do we need a Minister of Culture at all? Why not abolish the whole ministry and save us a lot of money?

  2. 2
    D.Cameron says:

    Focus on the job of leading the country…..what’s that then?

  3. 3
    Gerbil 7 says:

    We need recall – now!

  4. 4
    nell says:

    It is incomprehensible that you can steal £45k from the taxpayer, try to cover it up with a disgraceful abuse of power and then when you realise you are losing the battle start whingeing on about being the subject of a witch-hunt.

  5. 5
    illogical says:

    It’s at moments like this that I look forward to Bercow

  6. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Doubt Ed Miliband will raise it at PMQ’s

    Has six very important questions regarding the use of disabled parking bays at Tescos

  7. 7
    nell says:

    Yes indeed abolish it and leveson with it!

  8. 8
    Fire Up The Quattro says:

    Looking forward to PMQs today.

  9. 9
    Mr I m Jollie says:

    Is that the First Prize for the first EU-SSR Land member state to leave the Euro zone? Well, it will be a toss up between Cyprus or Greece? Or, it could be Germany ‘coz they are getting a tad tired of bankrolling the Eurozone and the Eurine Currency perhaps. I have a some of Deutche Marks I kept back when I was stationed in Germany in the 1960s, so I might be able to spend them on Bier, strudle and strama-max….

  10. 10
    Dolores Umbridge says:

    I resent the Press’s constant comparisons with Maria Miller. We share a fashion designer and that is all.

  11. 11
    Old Isleworthian says:

    Always good to see our local MP representing the people of Isleworth on national television. Might as well just surrender that seat to Labour for 2015. 3.6% majority rapidly diminishing…

  12. 12
    nell says:

    Well if he does I hope dave reminds him that the committee which reduced the amount she stole of 45k to the amount she must pay back to £5k is chaired by a labour mp .

  13. 13
    Glenn Hoddle says:

    What about my left foot?

  14. 14
    nell says:

    Something I was reading the other day said that every three out of four voters purportedly switching to UKIP, were coming from labour. The 2015 election is going to be far too complicated to call.

  15. 15
    Gay Burley says:

    Eat your heart out Geedo.

  16. 16
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    surprised the rainbow brigade didn’t run to her rescue.
    Cant help thinking this is a little hint from Him upstairs – bit like the fire in York minister fire many moons ago.

  17. 17
    John Lewis says:

    Yup. When I saw this, I wondered whether Miller sanctioned it. I suspect she had and it proved her final catastrophic misjudgement.
    She really didn’t connect with the mood of the nation, the mood of her parliamentary colleagues – of anyone.
    And McCleod must be in a dodgy position herself. Did she consult her constituency party about its members’ mood?

  18. 18
    Turnip Soup says:

    Me too.

  19. 19
    Minister for Silly Walks says:

    Are you mad? What would the Shadow Minister for Culture do then?

  20. 20
    mmmmm says:

    fuck off miller – now for the rest of the cnunts

  21. 21
    God says:

    Actually it is the breaking of the actual commandments I take exception to – can’t say I care about the bottom/front bottom sex thing.

  22. 22
    A Reader says:

    Labour / UKIP coalition may be safest bet at this point.

  23. 23
    Weird Ed says:

    I am thoo exthited about the coming PMQs I have theeped out a little bit of wee

  24. 24
    Walter Sobchak says:

    I’ve seen a lot of spinals, Dude, and this girls dad’s a fake. A fucking goldbricker. This guy fucking walks. I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life.

  25. 25
    M.Miller (Thief) says:

    I’ll only be claiming the maximum £17,000.00 ish for winding up my office ala Huhne.
    I may just get a new iPad, one never knows when deselection may occur…

  26. 26
    mmmmm says:

    “excellent achievements of this government” hahahahahahahaha – selling the country down the river hahahahahahahahahah all in it together hahahahahahahahahahaha fucking nazis

  27. 27
    The Spelling Culture PPS says:

    citing a Leveson witch-hunt:“?

    No she didn’t. The Culture and Media PPS was citing a levesen witch hunt.

    If they can’t get his name right how can they hope to implement his legislation?

  28. 28
    mmmmm says:

    pair of sad bastards

  29. 29
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Political Betting, a reliable website on these issues, has 44% of Kippers coming from Cons. Just 7% coming from Labour

  30. 30
    Mr & Mrs Balls says:

    She should of asked us about flipping. We’d have told her how to get away with it…

  31. 31
    Always the victim... says:

    Anyone would think she’s from Liverpool.

  32. 32
    Maria Miller says:

    You just can’t get the staff these days.

    What with this idiot brained PPS and four live in Au Pairs who can’t recall properly where I live. I give up.

  33. 33
    Jack Droman-Harmey says:

    Forget fraud, it’s boring. Just give me men of a darker hue.

  34. 34
    Ed 'fliperty' Balls says:

    Thakyou Maria! THANK YOU!

    Saved me from looking a total twat when Dave reads out the IMF report. We can just shout “Changing the subject” from our side and make Dave go puce again.

    THANK YOU MARIA! Saved my wobbly butt from a kicking.

  35. 35
    don't forget says:

    Hungary is also increasingly unhappy with the EU.

  36. 36
    Diane Abbott says:

    My nickname is Leviathan.

  37. 37
    Neocon is a stupid word. says:

    With 20% heading to UKIP and the Establishment allowing the world’s poor to live here, Hounslow Eastish will never be Tory ever again.

  38. 38
    More money to the trougher says:

    She’s entitled to 3 months salary as a severance payment.

  39. 39
    Britain's Culture says:

  40. 40
    UKIPPER says:

    Jolly voting weather
    We are all europhiles
    We’re very clever
    And lie to you all the while
    You fell for our promise especially the CAST IRON trick
    We’re all from Eton, and you lot are all too thick.

    Regarding our expenses
    We will fill our boots
    We know you don’t like it
    But we don’t give two hoots
    If we get found out we will not shed a tear
    We’ll still be MPs on £60 odd grand a year

    If you think I’ll claim back powers,
    You haven’t got a clue
    We’ll hand the UK to Merkle,
    There is nothing that you can do
    No referendums Changes through on the nod
    I am the PM and I’m a duplicitous sod

    As for immigration
    I know it gets on your tits
    I will flood the nation
    And pay their benefits
    I am from Eton; I am one of the ruling class
    If you don’t like it, you can just kiss my ****

  41. 41
    Kay Sarah Sarah says:

    Sunny day, Miller gone what’s not to like?

  42. 42
    Chuka does his bit for Culture, Media and Sports says:

  43. 43
    a non says:

    Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
    G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

  44. 44
    Kay Sarah Sarah says:

    And then some c’unt spoils it by mentioning Chuka.

  45. 45
    Ducking Stool says:

    I may be a better tool for a witch hunt.

  46. 46
    Not in my name says:

    FFS did she not remember what happened last time, when her SPAD & Craig Oliver tried to intimidate The Telegraph with a not so subtle Levenson threat?

    Perhaps that is what comes as a result of believing your own bulls hit.

  47. 47
    nell says:

    Talking about final straws – mary riddell of the DT is writing today about edmiliband as a hopeful promise with plans to build a new jerusalem. I rather think she must be after pollytwaddle’s crown!

  48. 48
    don't forget says:

    Sky News Kay Burley was also excellent at putting
    MacLeod on the spot- insisting she name the newspapers
    allegedly involved in a witch-hunt. MacLeod couldn’t.

  49. 49
    Neocon is a stupid word. says:

    Shhhhhh !!! Riots in Brussels.

  50. 50
    IDS says:

    I have a spiffing idea for disabled parking bays at supermarkets.

    Simply place them right at the back of the car park as far away as possible from the entrance. Then able bodied drivers will not feel the urge to park in them quite as much.

    Thanks for listening.

  51. 51
    Justin Case says:

    A fare point, well maid.

  52. 52
    i agree says:

    You’rte right nell.
    Riddell is a joke.

    Can’r understand why the Telegraph continue to employ her.

  53. 53
    nell says:

    she should HAVE asked us ……

  54. 54
    IDS (modded version) says:

    I have a spiffing idea for disabled parking bays at supermarkets.

    Simply place them right at the back of the car park as far away as possible from the entrance. Then able bodied drîvers will not feel the urge to park in them quite as much.

    Thanks for listening.

  55. 55
    The Stig says:

    Some say he is an onanist….

    We call him John Mann

  56. 56
    The soft underbelly says:

    We Know

  57. 57
  58. 58

    These absurd soviet titled ministries are a legacy of the Blair / Brown regime , when the stupid Tories in opposition seemed to think it necessary to ‘shadow’ every ludicrous ministry Labour could dream up!

  59. 59
    Dave Cameron, circa 2010 says:

    It can’t be that hard being PM.

  60. 60
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Green Nazis, Peedos and other Wasters says:

    It should be renamed as the Ministry for Press Gagging and the promotion of Bumsex.

  61. 61
    Dude says:

    What the fuck are you talking about? The chinaman is not the issue

  62. 62
    Maria the Miller says:

    I told you we should have turned off the bloody internet.
    That would have fixed those pesky bloggers.

  63. 63
    Labour is the nasty party. says:

    You do not have to look too hard to find Labour troughing scum ,at least 5 of them
    have gone to prison for fiddling their expenses .

  64. 64
    nell says:

    I find the political betting site very reliable so I totally accept what you are saying.

  65. 65

    A which hunt is just what is needed !!!

  66. 66
    Sam Cam says:

    Can we delay PMQ’s? Dave popped out for a pint of milk last night and hasn’t returned yet.

  67. 67
    Twatwatch says:


  68. 68
    still walking into darkness says:

    interesting that she talks about one of her successes being gay marriage, virtually no-one cares except the average Tory voter, impressively stupid policy only serving to show Cameron up for being the apparent tosser he is. As far Miliband, can’t wait to hear what that even bigger tosser has to say today on it, if indeed he even has opinion the vacuous twat.

  69. 69

    Sorry witch

  70. 70
    The soft underbelly says:

    Are you sure he went for milk, not bumsex?

  71. 71
    Confused says:

    Where are the other 49% from then?

  72. 72
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Her 2009 telegraph article “Gordon Brown is the best hope for labour” has become as much a classic as Poly Toynbee’s “Let’s all vote for the honest and reliable Mr Clegg”

  73. 73
    Can the Scots save England from Labour ?? says:

    The General Election will not be reflected in the result of the Euro Elections. Traditional Labour and Tory voters will return to the fold not vote UKIP which people know is a pointless exercise in a General Election as UKIP have absolutely no chance of forming a government at Westminster. So, the most likeliest scenario May 2015 is still a majority Labour government but with a likely majority of less than the number of expected Labour MPS representing Scottish constituencies which means if the Scots vote for independence that majority will disappear in March 2016 and require another election probably and in the meantime the legislative program would be tied up with negotiations over the Secession Bill and so would government nbusiness so nothing would get done any way

  74. 74
    What even when she resigns? says:

    FFS pathetic

  75. 75
    Iain says:

    I demand an explanation as to why the original claim of 45k was reduced by MP’s to 4.5k.
    The entire idea of the procedure was to create accountability and prevent troughing.
    A pathetic failure on both counts.
    British MP’s are a disgrace to the human race.

  76. 76

    The Telegraph is now the guardian MK II , with that ecolunatic idiot Geoffrey Lean and that Odone woman .fit only for the crosswords.

  77. 77
    P. Tatchell says:

    He’s no use to you darling!

  78. 78
    Pressgangbanpress says:

    Skys’ Sceeching Sophie Ridge has nobody to shout at today, maybe she should be asked to do culture….or maybe she doesn’t have any?

  79. 79
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Jason Seiken. he is, according to Private Eye, the idiot responsible for the taking the Telegraph to sales levels even the Guardian would consider as poor.

    Today The Granuidis says he is “leading a bottom-up digital revolution .. “

  80. 80
    Ockham's Razor says:

    That is primarily true in the sense that with a Labour government, every member is Minister for Wanking.

  81. 81
  82. 82

    That’s Strammer Max ! Delicious I remember it well!

  83. 83
    Disgruntled Old Soldier says:

    I find that a terrifying proposition, besides, Farage would never bring himself to hitch his wagon to Miliband. Rather gouge his eyes out with a rusty spoon. If Scotland leaves us, they can take their foul Labour MP’s with them.

  84. 84
    Dude says:

    who was the person set, I think it was, the Thursday one ? They died about 7 years ago, they were very good.

  85. 85
    Very Orwellian says:

    My favourite is th Ministery of Justice.

  86. 86
    Bill Quango MP says:

    People who don’t normally vote.
    And a smattering of Liberals and ex Nazis etc

  87. 87
    Spartacus says:

    bbbc news at ten a.m. leads with how hard done by this embezzler was – repeating untruths (as provided by, guess who)

    skye news at ten a.m. leads with interminable pistoffious acting career

    when did they change their tune???

    nothing to see here, move along now

  88. 88
    Spartacus says:

    MPs (plural?)

  89. 89


  90. 90
    Sexy gal says:

    Nice knockers though

  91. 91
    Apthorpe says:

    They all raiding the till together so what they want is to score a quick point of each other then hope you don’t spot the fact. Bit like kids starting a fight and then trying to get the parent to take sides ignoring the fact that they are all at fault.

    Vote UKIP on the 22nd and watch ‘em all go into contrition mode and lots of ‘learning from the results’. Worth a jolly and they’ll piss away your cash no matter who you vote for at least you get to see these idiots put on the spot.

  92. 92
    Welfare scams are widespread in NI says:

    I saw a pushing and shoving fight between to blokes over a disabled parking spot in Tesco the other week. One in a brand new flashy 4×4 and the other in a new Mondeo. Both fit, healthy and both with disabled blue badges displayed on the dashboard.
    What a fucking scam.

  93. 93
    Move baby move says:

    Someone like Kate Hoey switching to UKIP would be a game changer.
    She has a natural home in UKIP. Can’t fathom why she remains within discredited Labour.

  94. 94
    And pigs will fly says:

    I hope she has the decency to refuse it

  95. 95
    And pigs will fly says:

    Has she a twerking video anywhere?

  96. 96
    J A Jones says:

    Yes, the Government is too big. Need a night and week of long knives?!

  97. 97

    They were probably suffering from depression, be fair or even alcoholics!

  98. 98
    J A Jones says:

    Has he the strength to be a Tosser. Wonder who does it for him?

  99. 99
    Iain says:

    Definitely more than one MP troughing. Until we have total transparency and totally independant vetting it will continue. Our representatives in Parliament are a little slow on the uptake. We have rumblrd their game and require them to clean up their act. The ruling bully bullington boys think they can flimflam their way out of this.
    Ain’t going to happen boys.

  100. 100
    inside out says:

    They don’t care about the name,just as long as they can control the written press.Its all about control,don’t want nasty hacks writing about MP’s troughing expenses.

  101. 101
    inside out says:

    They are all vacuous twats,all 650 of them.

  102. 102
    Once you go blick you never go bick says:

    Not bad for a jam spoon.

  103. 103
    give £3/month for ummm...Cheers easy... says:

    The ministry of justice who one year overpaid their staff. ….who subsequently didn’t have to pay it back!!!!!!

    Ministry of justice. ..now there’s an oxymoron.

  104. 104
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    And the spastics will not be able to get to the supermarket so they won’t go there in the first place.

  105. 105
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    It wasn’t witch hunt, we know where she lives!

  106. 106
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Here’s a thought: why not pay all MPs’ expenses in 3 bob notes?

  107. 107
    Justin Poofy Boots says:


  108. 108
    Mental Maria says:

    When the going gets tough, surround yourself with morons and use them as a defence shield.

  109. 109
    Norman Normal says:

    Who says the text isn’t true though? I wondered how long Maria would last after implementing Leveson. “You just painted a target on yer back luv.”, is what I muttered to myself 6 months ago.

  110. 110
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    What about all those “czars”. Ha f**king ha.

  111. 111
    broderick crawford says:

    have gibben and mcleod gone as well ? after all if the minister goes what are her spads going to do to keep “gainfully ” employed from the state till ?

    But on the general point I disagree in that we DO need a Minister for Fun

    Bring back David Mellor for whom the post was invented !!

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