June 13th, 2014

Steve Coogan: Bouncing Back

Sad to see Steve Coogan hit his career low at Hacked Off, Guido welcomes the news of his rehabilitation today. Coogan becomes a patron for free speech pressure group Index on Censorship, who campaign on press freedom around the world. Presumably this meansethical standard bearer Coogan admits he was wrong to try to gag newspapers from writing about coke and hookers. He says:

“Creative and artistic freedom of expression is something to be cherished where it exists and fought for where it doesn’t. This is what Index on Censorship does. I am pleased to lend my support and patronage to such an important cause.”

Of course it could just be that Index, once brave and noble fighters in the name of freedom, have badly lost their way, as Nick Cohen argues here

UPDATE: Quote of the day is also from Steve Coogan.


  1. 1
    Boot out the Conservative led coalition in 2015 says:

    Exclusive: Food bank charity ‘was threatened with closure by Iain Duncan Smith’s aide’ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-food-bank-charity-was-threatened-with-closure-by-ministers-aide-9533456.html … Just how low will they stoop?

  2. 2
    Golem says:

    He’s snorting with derision!

  3. 3
    Sid James says:

    Yak ..yak…yak

  4. 4
    Silent Majority says:

    Er it’s been denied and the aide in question has even opened a food bank in his own constituency.

    The food bank industry needs to serve the poor rather than play to the political gallery.

  5. 5
    FrankFisher says:

    Index on Censorship does *not* campaign for freedom of speech. They’re as shit as Liberty.

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Ed Silliface says:

    A Labour government would open Lager Banks, Ciggy Banks and Sky Sports Banks. Then people would have money to buy their own food.

  8. 8
    Mathew ImaWillyWhaller says:


  9. 9
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Different organisation, same old lines.

  10. 10
    Ian Drunken Spliff says:

    Foodbanks are helping chavs to reproduce. If you don’t feed stray cats they wont breed!

  11. 11
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

    Would the money to pay for all the handouts come from Gordon’s Money Trees ?

  12. 12
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Bit late to change sides, his career seems to have hit the brick wall where people stopped buying him his style of living and found other things to spend their money on, the public lose, but the public eventually win.

  13. 13
    His honour Judge Judge says:

    And who exactly is Mr Coogan? Does he appear on the wireless?

  14. 14
    The two Muppets says:

    He is the knobhead who thought it was a good idea to stifle free speech .

  15. 15
    Sarah Millington says:

    Love his work.

    But he is a complete cockwomble for helping silence the self censoring press.


  16. 16
    albacore says:

    Freedom of speech – now there’s a real laugh
    You can come out with any old faff
    Except some words MUST NOT be spoken
    Racism rules CANNOT be broken

  17. 17
    Ed Balls says:

    Don’t be ridiculous. They would come from the Money Fairy that lives at the bottom of my garden.

  18. 18
    Socialism is theft says:

    Obesity crisis – and passport crisis because 300,000 extra people have money to burn abroad.

  19. 19
    Francois Hollande says:

    ‘Ow is your EU renegotiation going, you silly English k-niggets?

    I wave my CAP payments at your aunties.

  20. 20
    Socialism is theft says:

    He isn’t even funny.

  21. 21
    Alan Partridge says:

    “Creative and artistic freedom of expression is something to be cherished where it exists and fought for where it doesn’t. ”

    Free speech for luvvies, Hacked Off censorship for the rest of us.

  22. 22
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Since Hacked Off formed I will never buy or go and see anything Coogan and Grant feature in.

  23. 23
    Another Welsh Windbag says:


  24. 24
    His honour Judge Judge says:

    Ah yes. As he has an Irish name I thought he might possibly be a member of the England Test squad.

  25. 25
    His honour Judge Judge says:

    I don’t watch anything featuring avowed Labour luvvies. I’m restricted to old Kenneth Horne videos.

  26. 26
    Teddy Twat says:

    It would come from a tax on bankers.

  27. 27
    Teddy Twat says:

    He appears on QT – often – to give the panel an anti Tory bias. Tory Hunts.

  28. 28

    They are being used as a political tool

  29. 29
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Another organisation ruined by Marxist wankers.

  30. 30
  31. 31
    Sue Denim says:

    He used to, in the days when he was funny. Then he got too big for his boots and was lured away by the easy money to be earned on TV and in Films. Happens to most of them.

  32. 32
    Cinna says:

    There’s more to them than meets the eye.

  33. 33
    RWG says:

    Lace the food with sterilisers.

  34. 34
    Cinna says:

    Or perhaps dear old Tone could spare a few bob from his Swiss account.

  35. 35
    Cinna says:

    A working class knob head from Middleton who got too big for his own limited intelligence.

  36. 36
    Flaming Torches R Us says:

    Anybody that has a smart phone should immediately be banned from patronising food banks. If they can afford those subs, they can afford to buy their own food. We need to be a lot tougher on these flea ridden scroungers.

  37. 37
    Flaming Torches R Us says:

    Sounds a bit like the DG of Tooting Common purpose??

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    His comic characters are still very funny.
    He did lose some credibility when on QT. It turns out that Alan Partridge, a great comedy character, did not involve great acting. Who would have guessed,

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Seems like the index on censorship has maybe gone the same way as Oxfam, RSPCA , BBC news etc.
    Once noble institutions irreparably damaged by political infiltration.
    Is there nothing the idealogical left will not destroy to pursue its goals.If the arguments for hacked off are good ones, why can’t they make the case in public.
    Oh yes, they did, didn’t go so well did it.

  40. 40

    Pick me a winner Steve …..er Alan ….er …whatever your name is these days .

  41. 41
    A Doctor Writes says:

    The bad news Mr Coogan is, we will have to amputate your hand.

  42. 42
    Tom Catesby says:

    Who do you see on the wireless your honour?

  43. 43
    Tom Catesby says:

    Did anybody else see him on that, ‘tour of Italy’ show recently, with that other self regarding motormouth prick from ‘the valleys’?

  44. 44
    My Friend Sandy says:

    Much Binding in the Marsh.

  45. 45
    Scottish Voter says:

    It’s a ploy to stifle the UKIP factor. If we can stop people leaving the country,then net immigration will be reduced. Problem sorted.

  46. 46
    His honour Judge Judge says:

    A semantic point which had also occurred to myself. Being auditorally transmitted through marvellous rays was the meaning intended. Though I myself do have a figurine of the late Jack Hobbs on my console.

  47. 47
    harrythebastard says:

    good I expect the patrons were work shy wasters or lefties with middle class guilt. Let them shoplift like everyone else

  48. 48
    harrythebastard says:

    hope the hookers were worth it, I like a nice combination of 52 year old blonde and 17 year old brunette. preferably trafficked from Bulgaria

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Well were all saving the Savings Banks worldwide.

    Why not?

    Great idea.

    Smashing way also of raising an effective 80% tax on the smokers and drinkers.

    Failing that just raise Interest Rates before the General Election. A guaranteed vote winner.

    Drinks ( and ciggies ) all round I think.

  50. 50
    Chris Bryant's sentient ANUS says:


  51. 51
    Chris Bryant's sentient ANUS says:

    arsehole twat

  52. 52
    esta says:

    is he picking his nose ?

  53. 53
    No chance says:

    Bring back free speech and find out what people really think about immigration.

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