Maggie Funeral Final Cost: £1,205,809

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…

Chic-Ken Clarke

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 Collected Bitterness of Kevin Maguire

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.

See also:  Comrade Maguire’s Obsessive Maggie Death Fantasy

The Anti-Thatcher Ad the Mirror Never Ran

A mock-up of the ad Mirror bosses considered running following Maggie’s death, to remind readers “who’s on your side”. Well Maggie won more votes in every election than the side the Mirror backed against her every time. The way Mirror hacks have behaved over the last week shows a total lack of class, their hatred so great that they have been unable to resist any snide barb against her. Get over it, she beat you every time…

The Guardian’s effort was much more subtle…

Former Mirror Editor Richard Wallace Interviewed Under Caution

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As MediaGuido revealed earlier, former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace has been interviewed under caution by the cops today in relation to phone hacking.

Sky have just followed up with their sources confirming:

Media Guardian caught up later…

You heard it here first…

See also: Who are the Real Cowboys?

Max Keiser: Tina Weaver “Fingered Piers Morgan”

Some very serious allegations…

Here is a list of some of Guido’s stories about the Mirror and hacking allegations:

Trinity Mirror Email to Staff in Full

Dear all, 


We are providing James and Nick with legal support.
As you’re probably aware, James Scott the Editor of the People and his Deputy, Nick Buckley, were arrested this morning as part of Operation Weeting. The police are investigating allegations of phone hacking whilst they were on the Sunday Mirror during 2003 and 2004.

Tina Weaver a former Editor of the Sunday Mirror and Mark Thomas, another former employee were also arrested this morning.

We are cooperating with the police and I will keep you informed of any further relevant developments.

Simon Fox

Police have left their offices with bags of evidence this afternoon…

Tina Weaver Arrested
Four Mirror Journalists Nicked

Guido understands former Sunday Mirror editor and former PCC ethics adviser Tina Weaver is among the four Mirror journalists that have been arrested this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. Guido has been reporting on the allegations surrounding Weaver for years, including how she had knowledge of phone hacking, and how she asked staff to “spin” telephone numbers. This meant hacking voicemails, doing a reverse look up for billing addresses, and checking friends and family lists for numbers. Developing…

UPDATE: Guido understands the four arrested are Weaver, her news lieutenant Nick Buckley, James Scott and Mark Thomas.

Here is a list of some of Guido’s stories about the Mirror and hacking allegations:

UPDATE: This post-Leveson report is a good summary of some of the allegations:

Order of the OTT: Maguire on Cam the Baby Killer

Hyperbole of biblical proportions from Kevin Maguire today. Parroting out Labour’s “bedroom tax” untruth is one thing, but Maguire then goes on to compare the PM to King Herod:

“The brutal indifference towards the bedroom tax indelibly shames ConDem

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Twitter Bitch Fight: Loughton v Lyons’ Back, Sack and Crack

Things got a bit unparliamentary with tetchy Tory Tim Loughton this weekend:

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Lobby Faces Female Backlash

Last night Guido stood in solidarity with the shunned female journalists of the Lobby. After No.10 explained Dave and Nick only granted questions to men at yesterday’s mid-term review because none of the political editors in attendance were female, […]

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Where Have All the Women Gone?

men

Not many talking points from this afternoon’s snooze-fest mid-term review, though Dave and Nick’s failure to take a single question from a female journalist was noted by many. No. 10 told the BBC that “none of the TV or newspaper […]

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Ken Clarke tells the Ben Fellows trial:

“The idea that I would go strolling off in order to grope a man in an office is highly unlikely.”

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