Just brilliant. I wake up and discover I am married to Michael Gove's wife: pic.twitter.com/Wb3EdJBh5k
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) January 8, 2014
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) January 8, 2014
— Sarah Vine (@SarahVine) January 8, 2014
Trinity Mirror have had their attempt to stop civil action by Sven Goran Eriksson and three others relating to hacking thrown out. The High Court has ruled that the four civil cases can go ahead. Mirror Group tried to have the evidence dismissed but their application was rejected by the judge. Sven will argue the Mirror broke his affair with Ulrika affair after hacking her voicemail. As Piers once lied:
“I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.”
Trinity Mirror has announced that the Met are investigating whether the group was criminally liable for alleged phone hacking by, for now, the Sunday Mirror:
“The Group does not accept wrong doing within its business and takes these allegations seriously.”
Tick tock, tick tock…
Dan Evans is being described almost universally as a “former News of the World journalist” following the CPS’ decision to charge him with phone hacking this morning. Which is true, if slightly misleading. To what time period does that first hacking charge relate?
Between 28 February 2003 and 1 January 2005, conspired with others to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them.
Between 2003 and 2005 Evans was not working at the Screws, but at the Sunday Mirror. Who have always denied hacking ever happened…
Former Mirror and News of the World hack Dan Evans has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to hack phones, perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Evans worked at the paper’s Sunday operation under Tina Weaver before moving to the Screws in 2005. He has been awaiting a decision for two years…
UPDATE: Crucially, the the hacking charges relate to Evans’ time at the Mirror, not the News of the World.
The final figures are out: Margaret Thatcher’s funeral cost £261,976, plus £943,833 for security. A total of £1,205,809, or 1.9p per person. Worth remembering again how it was reported by some at the time:
For some reason the final figure hasn’t made the front page…
One gem from Andy Coulson’s GQ masterplan, the back story from the above photo.
“One of the more surreal conversations I had during the last election campaign came in a post-lunch call from Ken Clarke. “A man from the Mirror has chased me to the restaurant,” he said. “He’s dressed as a chicken. I’m not in the least bit bothered. I’m rather partial to chicken, but I would like to know exactly why he is here.” I had no idea but rang the editor of the Daily Mirror to politely seek an explanation of the stunt. “Er, basically he’s there because it’s bloody funny,” he told me. Which was more than fair enough.”
Nothing wrong with a chicken suit at election time…
The vast majority on the mainstream left managed to conduct themselves with some decorum today, Ed Miliband wore his morning suit, however it all got too much for one Thatcher-hater. Kevin Maguire’s Twitter timeline over the last week has been a textbook example of snide barrel-scraping bitterness:
Neglecting to note that Mandela’s daughter attended on behalf of her sick father.
At least he can relax now.
As MediaGuido revealed earlier, former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace has been interviewed under caution by the cops today in relation to phone hacking.
Some very serious allegations…