Friday, July 9, 2010

Miliband’s Own Donors Don’t Believe in Him

David Miliband proudly published his formidable donors list on his website yesterday. Intriguingly the law firm Mishcon de Reya have given the favourite in the race £13,077 through a donation-in-kind of legal services. This strikes an odd note given David’s less than amiable relationship with said law firm previously.

Last year John Jackson, Mishcon’s chairman,  accused the then Foreign Secretary of a breach of the rule of law over the case of the tortured terrorist suspect Binyam Mohamed. For someone now providing valuable support through his firm, he has certainly changed his tune. Jackson wrote:

“The Foreign Secretary has, apparently, said that the judges were mistaken and that at no time did US authorities make the threats set out in the judgement. This is said to have been confirmed by very senior U.S. spokespeople. If the judges were mistaken what, precisely, was the basis of the Foreign Secretary’s Immunity Certificate? And, come to think of it, why is he the Minister concerned with intelligence sharing? This is beginning to look like the proverbial can of worms.

Three days later the donor went even further and hinted that Miliband was not being entirely straight regarding whether the US threatened British authorities about the case:

“David Miliband now claims the US authorities did not make threats in relation to the sharing of intelligence information and that he had not raised this aspect of the BM case with colleagues in the US since the inauguration of President Obama. This is so astonishing as to defy belief when placed next to what the Divisional Court said in its last judgement published last Wednesday

David Miliband’s own brother doesn’t think he is the best man for the job, and even those who are throwing money at him seem to doubt his honesty. When both blood and money question the man, eyebrows are inevitably raised. If they don’t trust him, why should anyone else? What changed Jackson’s mind about David Miliband? Why the cash? What was promised?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whelan’s Gag Attempt Backfires Speccie-tacularly

Charlie Whelan might soon regret his decision to sue the Speccie over Fraser Nelson’s claim that he is an abusive, smearing bully.

In tomorrow’s edition, Fraser details how, while collecting evidence for the magazine’s defence, he was able to get hold of documents previously kept hidden under a gagging clause. The legal papers detailed how Unite has had to buy off and gag former employees in order to settle bullying cases against Gordon’s deeply unpleasant union henchman.

Charlie’s responded on Twitter, saying the Specciecan’t even copy out newspaper cuts accurately“. However the evidence isn’t from the newspaper, Charlie. It’s from legal statements unearthed by your own libel case.

Fraser’s write-up also builds up a picture of the vicious, shadowy power-base that has kept Gordon and his heir presumptive, Balls, hanging onto power so long. Don’t forget Whelan was also copied in on all those Smeargate emails sent a year ago. With Balls saying only this morning that he’s still in touch with his old mate McPoison “from time to time” (contradicting what he said repeatedly straight after the scandal about “Mr McBride”), it’s clear the bullying, smearing Brownite grip on Labour is as strong as ever. Guido can’t wait for the inevitable post-election bust-up.

Monday, March 22, 2010

How Many Laws Has Byers Confessed to Breaking?
Win a Prize Competition

Guido knows that hundreds of loafing lawyers read this blog, he also knows lawyers never do anything for free, so he is offering a reward of a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze to those who provide the best argued charges against Byers.  Either post them in the comments or email them to Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com (entries will be anonymous, don’t worry).

According to Channel 4’s Dispatches, which worked on the joint investigation with the Sunday Times, Byers confessed that:

  1. He had secured secret deals with ministers.
  2. Could get confidential information from Number 10.
  3. Was able to help firms involved in price-fixing get round the law.
  4. Boasted he had struck a secret deal with Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, to terminate a rail franchise contract for a client, National Express.
  5. Persuaded Lord Mandelson, to amend regulations on food labelled on behalf of Tesco.

Byers now says he was lying, surely not the best defence to use in Court.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Oink! Oink!

+ + + Troughing Labour MPs Plead Not Guilty + + +


UPDATE : The trial date has been set for Devine, Morley and Chaytor – March 30, Southwark Crown Court. Predictably they tried to plead parliamentary privilege  to Horseferry Magistrates and even refused at first to get in the dock. Their lawyers told the court that the case infringed upon the separation of powers.  Desperate.

They are trying to claim it is a matter of principle and an affront to parliament, which is why they don’t think they should be in the dock. They have been charged with offences under the Theft Act, not matters of political principle or constitutional importance.  They just don’t get it do they. They are being charged for criminal acts, not political activities.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Justice for Nick Hogan

Pub landlord Nick Hogan was  jailed last week for an absurd six months for breaking the smoking ban. Anna Racoon broke the story

“Nick was actually jailed for non-payment of the fine originally imposed for a ‘mass smoke-in’ on the day the ban came into force in 2007 in his pub, the ‘Swan and Barristers’ in Bolton. He no longer has that pub. He was fined again when council inspectors walked into his present pub and discovered a group of customers smoking – Nick wasn’t even on the premises.”

Nick is now in a debtors jail for not paying his £10,000 fine. A campaign has been started by Anna and Old Holborn has raised £6,200 towards the £8,664.50 he needs to get out of a jail, described as one of the most violent in  the country, by next week. For the state to lock this man away for this when every day violent criminals walk free beggars believe. Please dig into your pockets to raise that extra two and half grand.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Speaker Suspends Payments to Theft Charged MPs

Some sense seems to be prevailing over the theft charged Labour MPs.   Labour say they have (belatedly) withdrawn the whip from them. About time…

Speaker Bercow has ordered that resettlement grants of up to £64,000 to the three MPs, who are standing down at the election, would be suspended until the Court has reached a verdict. Writing to Malcolm Jack, the Commons accounting officer, Bercow said:

“I instruct you to suspend any payments which would otherwise be due … in any case where criminal proceedings are brought in relation to any claim for expenses until the criminal proceedings have been finally disposed of.”

Guido would go further and take away not only their resettlement grant but their pensions as well.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Defendants

Devine, Chaytor, Morley and Lord Hanningfield face multiple charges which could result in prison sentences.  Guido feels satisfied that this is a start.  Particularly pleased that Jim Devine is facing charges – the Sunlight Centre made the original complaint against him to Scotland Yard.

Many other MPs will be thinking “there but for the grace of God…”  Don’t be so sure it is all over troughers…

Countdown to Criminal Charges

Thursday, December 17, 2009

BBC v Trafigura

Right now down in Court 13 the BBC is trying to overturn Trafigura’s injunction.  Justice Eady is a menace to freedom.  He seems to have confused the role of judge with lawmaker.  We make laws in parliament not from the bench.


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