Those oinking noises sound remarkably like Mark Wallace, official spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Alliance. That sound will reverberate in their ears loudly for a long time…
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.
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.
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 Labour say they have (belatedly) withdrawn the whip from them.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.
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…
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.
After the Trafigura injunction crumbled Guido canvassed the idea to interested parties that we should individually write to the major London libel law firms and say that we would not voluntarily submit to these “Whom it May Concern” injunctions thus:
Am intending to write to all the firms that send me them [super injunctions] advising that in future I will exercise my own judgement when I receive them.
If I judge it to be in the public interest I’ll forward the injunction to Wikileaks and take my chances in the Courts.
If more people told them this it would bugger up the blanket ban system. Spartacus system. They won’t know who gave it to Wikileaks…
People were genuinely positive towards the idea. The Tiger Woods media gagging injunction which we are not even allowed to mention is now uploaded by person(s) unknown on to Wikileaks.
For good measure Schillings should note that there is also a picture of Tiger Woods partly naked and looking a complete w****r on the blog – a further breach of the “Confidential Schedule”. Tiger Woods is not really the issue here, freedom of the press is the issue.
For example, Nigel Griffiths, an MP caught on camera with his trousers down in his office with a woman in only her stockings and suspenders, also apparently has a super injunction preventing the media from fully informing voters as to what he was up to, in the office taxpayers pay for him to work in. Enough. Guido will take his chances in the Courts.