July 3rd, 2014

Mitchell’s Plebgate Libel Trial Scheduled for December
Million Pound Costs Risk

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It will be all over by Christmas. Andrew Mitchell’s libel hearing against The Sun is scheduled for the first two weeks of December in the High Court. The losing side will be a million pounds worse off after costs alone. Meanwhile the Metropolitan Police are expected, because it is in the public interest as a matter of public confidence in the police, to publish the findings of Operation Alice –  the investigation into who passed information to The Sun and The Telegraph newspapers about the “Plebgate” incident, including whether the leak came from within the police force or from a third party.

Operation Alice examined a police witness statement from the incident and investigated if there was a conspiracy between the officer and another party. It also investigated claims made by Mitchell that police lied in the police log of the incident. Mitchell himself is also being sued for defamation by a policeman, a case that will be held in January. All this will be aired at the same time as Mitchell is trying to talk up his prospects of becoming an EU commissioner…


51 Comments

  1. 1
    Gordon chubby Brown says:

    Who the f$ck is Alice?

  2. 2
    Grant"The Cheeky Chappie" Shapps says:

    A friend of mine being investigated by the Police for stealing swimming pool inflatables has gone into hiding. He has to lilo.

  3. 3
    Chair Austerity at the Guardian.. says:

  4. 4
    Woopertsand Wodneys says:

    The suggestion that “the loser ” will be £1m worse off fails to recall that Mitchell’s former lawyers fell foul of new “Jackson Rules” and the Court of Appeal stripped Mitchell of any tight to costs if he should win. Doesn’t mean he can’t be ordered to pay the other side’s costs if he were to lose.

  5. 5
    a bookie says:

    candidates & odds please for next editor of the sun

    leading candidates:

    oscar pistorius (10/1 he’ll walk)

    o j simpson

  6. 6
    Totally detached from reality says:

    It’s like a scene from the Thick of it, where the trendy lefties have to sit on the floor, group hug and build each other p.

  7. 7
    Living Next door to alice says:

    Don’t know but the keep bandying Alice’s name around.

  8. 8
    A one eyed man in the room of the blind says:

    Whats unusual here is ‘They all being paid to be there’ Otherwise as we all know no F*cker would have turned up!

  9. 9
    The British media are cunts says:

    The Guardian looks horribly white to me.

  10. 10
    Vicar of Albion says:

    Yes and Ho!

    (They were righties with a lefty comms chief)

  11. 11

    They got what they wanted – they ruined a politicians career.

  12. 12
    Mitch says:

    Erm..you could alternatively say he did that himself?

    He doesn’t deny being a tw@t to the police. That alone is just about enough to justify his resignation. And then there’s the bits he did but won’t admit to.

  13. 13
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Looks like the Grauniad is already in austerity mode, they can’t even afford chairs :-)

  14. 14

    Is it against the law for me to think you are a twat?

    No? Good!

    I think you are a twat!

  15. 15
    Wanker Birt says:

    What a naff phrase.

  16. 16
    Arlo Guthrie says:

    ….Does Alice have a restaurant?

  17. 17
    Chris Grayling says:

    Justice?
    I am minister for Merton Council.
    Vote For me or UKIP.
    You will not see me risking a bike ride with plod observing.
    Vote Grayling vote for safe Tory impotent incompetence.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    “it is in the public interest”
    to halt this horrendous waste of public money, and in the process hopefully prevent miscarriages of justice. By bringing into use the voluntary MRi interrogation of those involved. Not only would this act as a deterrent to bearing false witness, but the enhanced chance of being caught for committing a crime would tend to focus a few otherwise devious minds. Who knows. If successful, the Israelis and Palestinians might use it to track down and punish the actual perpetrators of child murders. Instead of assuming blanket, guilt by virtue of ethnicity.

  19. 19
    He Does regard them as Plebs though says:

    At the end of the Day. Mitchell was still a jumped up self important twerp who believed the servants on the gate should get off their arses and open the traffic gates for his pushbike.

    And what sort of a man rides a bike with a wicker basket on the handle bars?

    It’s just a pity that the plod lied as there was no need to.

  20. 20
    Cherie 'picking' Blair says:

    The size of legal costs, in general, is a scandal.

  21. 21
    A racist floppy speaks says:

    President Robert Mugabe has declared that no white person will be allowed to own land except for companies as stipulated in the laws of the country.

    Mugabe said Wednesday while launching the Model A1 Settlement Permit at Chipfundi Farm Lions’ Den in Mashonaland West.

    “They can own industries and companies or stay in apartments in our towns but cannot own land. We hear in some cases they are being protected by cabinet ministers and politicians within their constituencies. We will deal with that,” said Mugabe.

    “One of the major objectives of the liberation struggle was to evict the white settlers from the land since they had the option of going back to their countries of origin,” he said. – See more at: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-49953.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed: Bulawayo24News (Bulawayo24 News)#sthash.mrRtJZyR.dpuf

  22. 22
    Perry Neeham says:

    Alice banned?

  23. 23
    Doomed says:

    No wonder the Guardian isn’t selling if Gordon is the editor.

  24. 24
    Hear All See All says:

    If this was a matter for resignation, then many in Westminster should have packed their bags many moons ago.

  25. 25
    Mitch says:

    Shouldn’t you be out selling your shower curtain rings – last quarter’s figures were a bit low? Or are you evading MI5, the CIA, and Mossad, again?

  26. 26
    Echo Falls says:

    You said that on the last thread.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    If Mitchell wins, he won’t get his costs:

    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2013/1537.html

  28. 28
    Diane Fatbott says:

    A man after my own heart.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Can`t we make Mitchell ambassador to Zimbabwe?

  30. 30
    Yes and ho says:

    Inclusivity

  31. 31
    Oh, really? says:

    The police defence will be “”helped”” by this question: “And some of your fellow officers have already been found guilty of conspiracy and other crimes in relation to this case, haven’t they?”

  32. 32
    Anna Soubry says:

    Gibber, gibber, wibble, screeaamm!!!

  33. 33
    Chris Grayling says:

    How do I avoid inheritance tax?

  34. 34
    Taxfodder says:

    Another massive pay day for the silks and assorted fag end hangers on….?

    Well why not…if you can’t take advantage of pride, stupidity ignorance and spite what can you?

    Its basically a three way bitch fight between a self important dick head liar politician, Uncle Murdo the Custard Pie Dodger and a bleeding heart Rozzer on the make.

    Next story Mr Guido please…

  35. 35

    These were the same police seen strutting around jn their ridiculous robbo cop uniforms armed to the teeth skulking behind the railings of No 10 snarling at passers by, the poor little souls, so sensitive, unable to laugh off a minor insult without taking offence.
    How would they react if confronted by a real criminal ,probably break down in floods of tears, demanding counselling, compensation, and about a years sick leave with a stress related illness .
    Their pop guns should be taken of them, and they should be put on less arduous duties such as seeing old ladies across the road or visiting schools .

  36. 36
    Whack-a-mole says:

    Let’s hope that Gordo’s usual ‘reverse midas touch’ works quickly for the Grauner.

  37. 37
    Diane Abbott says:

    this is racist

  38. 38
    Whack-a-mole says:

    Try not dying, see Castro, Fidel.

  39. 39
    Julian The Wonderhorse says:

    And surprise, surprise, any evidence against the police will be magically “lost” and the “inaccuracies” in the police notebooks will be “genuine mistakes”.

    Of course the police never destroy evidence and try to pervert the course of justice, that is only something to threaten other people with and prosecute them for.

  40. 40
    Chris Grayling says:

    You are black fat and gorgeous big intellect girls and the rocking world goes round.

  41. 41
    Chris Grayling says:

    This is not something that the real Chris Grayling would be capable of saying.

  42. 42
    The two Muppets says:

    Who on earth would want to listen to the delusional fool that almost
    bankrupted our Country ? The worst Prime Minister in living memory .
    although, if Miliband ever gets in he would take that title .

  43. 43
    Mycroft says:

    Libel is expensive and Murdo can’t afford more bad publicity.

    A prior settlement will doubtless be strongly in the mind of Murdo’s team over the Summer.

    The losers will be the filf, they’ll be seen for the biddable bunch of opportunists and snitches that they have become in the last 20 years.

    Time will tell all.

  44. 44
    Guardian Media Group says:

    all due for the sa–

    er, being made redundant, fairly soon

  45. 45
    inside out says:

    The great unwashed,scruffy gits the lot of them.

  46. 46
    inside out says:

    Ask Dave or Gideon or Cleggie they will know all about discretionary trusts.

  47. 47
    Gary says:

    Maybe I’m being dim, but how can a libel case go ahead against The Sun when the officer concerned DID make such an allegation. Regardless of whether he ACTUALLY said it, the story IS true, ie he was accused of this. In fact although witnesses appear to have crumbled to dust I understand that the officer stands by his claim. I’m not sure what his case would be, despite denying calling them ‘plebs’ which isn’t a criminal offence, he has admitted, on his own tape recording that he said ‘you’re supposed to f*cking help me..’ Forgive me if the quote isn’t entirely accurate, the recording is a little muffled at that point. I’m not a legal expert but I know that swearing at police officers whilst carrying out their duties CAN lead to being charged. What I DO know is that No 10 have spent a LOT of time and a LOT of money on this. It is beginning to look like vindictiveness.

  48. 48

    You must be mistaken. I cleaned up and got out.

    I left your world of failed targets way behind. If your bathroom is designed properly, you don’t need shower curtains and their polls and rings, all of which harbour unwanted bacteria and fungi.

  49. 49
  50. 50

    Alice Cooper ?

  51. 51
    Jim says:

    It was the costs that protected them. Mitchell was a fool to risk his family in an English Court.


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