Denied Day in Court

So after Guido having instructed solicitor Robert Dougans of Bryan Cave to formally submit a Witness Statement to Lord Justice Leveson, as so compelled under threat of imprisonment, Lord Justice Leveson now says he is discharging Guido from appearing tomorrow. Well Guido had a lot to say.

It is almost as if they are embarrassed at the string of cock-ups. First of all no crime has been committed. The evidence was not restricted until after it was published. Some might think that an inquiry into matters like press hacking and privacy should be careful to protect itself from press leaks.

Alastair Campbell went from “shocked” on Sunday at his draft evidence leaking to the media to explaining this morning that actually he had emailed his dodgy document to a few journalists, politicians and friends. How shocking to discover that there was no WMD it leaked.

So all that dark guff about the Leveson Inquiry’s computer security being compromised turned out to be rubbish and Alastair Campbell is shown to be a disingenuous manipulator, again. Oh, and under the terms of the Restriction Order Guido is not allowed to tell you what he was going to tell the judge in his Witness Statement tomorrow. Suffice to say Guido was refusing point blank to reveal his source’s name. Maybe Guido should just email it to a few close journalist friends…

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Former Screws political editor Ian Kirby updates Facebook status

“Is astonished. I never knew there were two Alastair Campbells. The one I know told me Peter Mandelson was insane, but insisted I used it anonymously, persuaded Tony Blair to change the law in response to News of the World campaigns, spent years trying to befriend the Daily Mail and invented the claim that Sir John Major wore his shirt tucked in his underpants. He also encouraged me and Andy Coulson to ask Tony Blair if he and Cherie were in the Mile High Club to make a good headline. I’m worried that AC has been kidnapped and no-one noticed.”

Downing Street Strike Breaker

According to a tweet from The Sun, glamorous Gabby Bertin, the PM’s press secretary is breaking the strike to man the border at Heathrow.

Echoes of Churchill’s strike breaking aristocratic bus drivers from the 1926 General Strike…

No PMQs Coverage Today

Neo-Guido is in Russia nursing a hang-over and Guido is otherwise engaged. Sorry.

David Cameron tells Ed Miliband at PMQs…

“He is irresponsible, left-wing and weak.”

Campbell Shocked to Learn Journalists Leak

Alastair Campbell, the noted moralist and ethicist, told the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics this morning that he

“…sent various drafts at various stages to different people who were helping me, lawyers, three people in the media and various people from my time in politics.. I’ve not yet been able to check to whom I sent the draft that appeared.”

Who knew that journalists leak?

Not Alastair Campbell apparently…

What the Judge Said…

The judge in the Katia Zatuliveter case says she was prone to what “was little more than a late teenage crush”. Not the first time the self-confessed teen fondler has got himself in that situation…

Watson Apologises to Judge

This was sent to a co-conspirator in response to a question as to why Tom Watson MP isn’t in trouble:

Thank you for your email.

The Inquiry is satisfied that Mr Watson obtained his version of the statement from the Guido Fawkes website, rather than through other means. As soon as Mr Watson became aware that the Inquiry had not released the statement formally, he removed it from his website. He has apologised to Lord Justice Leveson and to Alastair Campbell and the Inquiry does not, therefore, intend to take this any further.

Kind regards,
The Leveson Inquiry Team

The Guardian’s legal eagle Joshua Rozenberg has written an article which is supportive, and reckons Leveson was wrong on the law.

He might say that, but Guido couldn’t possibly comment…

Autumn Statement

Guido wants to see measures that help the squeezed-middle, the tax paying voters who elected this government.

Prepare to be disappointed…

Hancock's Russian Lolita Lover Not a Spy

It looks like blog favourite Mike Hancock will be free to enjoy the company of his young Russian lover once again.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission has dismissed MI5’s claim that Ekaterina Zatuliveter, lover and former aide to Mike Hancock, works for Russian intelligence.

If she isn’t a spy, she has a very strange taste in men…

Request for Service

from Guy Fawkes guido.fawkes@order-order.com
to generalenquiries@levesoninquiry.org.uk,
john.toker@levesoninquiry.gsi.gov.uk
date Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM
subject Request for Service
mailed-by gmail.com

Dear Sirs,

Yesterday afternoon I became aware, via calls from journalists, that an order had been made against me. As I told the journalists and is widely reported this morning, I had not received any such order at that time.

Last night a tweet by the BBC’s Ross Hawkins directed me to the Inquiry website where I found a copy of the order. I also understand there is a notice, which I have yet to receive.

On the front page of my blog, in large type, my email, phone and fax numbers are clearly displayed. Could I politely request that service is effected by either email or fax as set out below.

Pending sight of the notice which will enable me to get legal advice, late last night I removed the statements by Alastair Campbell from my website. This is in no way an admission of any kind nor is it an acceptance of jurisdiction.

Paul Staines
Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog
Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com

www.Order-Order.com

Voicemail 0709 284 0531 Facsimile 0709 201 2337

UPATE 10.15:  Have now been served via email. Apparently they in their wisdom served the papers yesterday on Harriman House Publishing, the 2007 publishers of the The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze edited by Guido and Iain Dale. Now out of print alas…

Campbell Draft Evidence to Leveson Inquiry RemovedPending Legal Advice

Until seeing this tweet a few minutes ago from the BBC’s political correspondent, Ross Hawkins, Guido had not seen the restriction order.

There are phone and fax numbers plus an email address clearly indicated in the right hand column below. As this goes to pixel there has been no service of the order communicated by those means…

So What Do We Think?

“The Speaker’s coat of arms has been developed by the College of Arms. The design includes: a ladder, representing Mr Speaker’s family’s humble beginnings; four roundels representing Mr Speaker’s interest in tennis and Mr Speaker’s ex officio role as the Chairman of the Boundary Commissions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; scimitars or seaxes as used on the coat of arms of the county of Essex where Mr Speaker went to university. The motto, “all are equal”, is separated by pink triangles representing the Speaker’s championing of LGBT rights, and rainbow colours on the scroll represent the flag of equality.”

Glad they cleared up what the ladder was all about…

Ed Miliband says

“I don’t support strikes because they are always a sign of failure.”

We're All in This Together

MPs are going to suffer this Wednesday.  Catering staff are going on strike, so no £15-for-three-courses subsidised meals on expenses for them. It is tough at the top…

GQ Give Guido Oxygen of Publicity

When we were anonymous we were cowards, now we have come out from behind the mask we’re publicity seekers. No pleasing some people. The GQ editors have done their list of influential men again, this year Guido is joined by Neo-Guido at 28, just ahead of Jeremy Hunt and behind Hugh Grant. The list is sponsored by Macallan, don’t suppose…

Grow Faster, Go Further

Growth is anaemic, that much of the Balls critique is true, the cause is not the government’s spending cuts, they are a mere 1% of GDP. Osborne has made mistakes, hiking VAT hit the High Street by taking money out of the real economy whereas QE at the moment only puts money into high finance money markets. Back in June the IMF issued a report recommending

“…tax cuts are faster to implement and more credibly temporary than expenditure shifts and should be targeted to investment, low-income households, or job creation to increase their multipliers… Simultaneous adoption of deeper long-run entitlement reform would be desirable to safeguard fiscal sustainability and market confidence…”

It also pointed out that

“The level of public spending as a percentage of GDP in our forecast has reduced by about half a per cent of GDP as compared to the previous fiscal year. However, it remains very far above the pre-crisis levels of spending and represents a long-term high in spending. It’s important to maintain that perspective”

Plan B, the Balls plan for bankruptcy and bond market collapse, is for higher taxes and more spending, this can be dismissed. Osborne is right when he says the international bond markets would crucify Britain if he switched to Plan B, for as Jeff Randall points out this morning

“At the moment, the Chancellor is pulling off a brilliant confidence trick: persuading the markets that Britain remains a triple-A credit, able to borrow on the same terms as Germany, while managing an economy with an inflation rate 66% higher than the eurozone’s average, and a national debt that is forecast to hit £1.32 trillion in 2015, nearly 40% greater than today.”

Tricky. Gordon Brown inherited an economy in a sweet spot and left an economy drowning in debt, Osborne believes he must bear down on the deficit to keep the confidence of the bond markets. Yet a paper produced by Dr Tim Morgan of bond brokers Tullett Prebon argues that if the government is going to miss its deficit reduction target anyway, what option would placate the bond markets more?

  1. “Britain has missed its deficit target because growth hasn’t happened”
  2. “Britain has missed its deficit target because the government failed to cut spending sufficiently”
  3. “Britain has missed its deficit target because taxes have been cut in pursuit of growth”

We’re currently in the first situation, the second situation is unpalatable to the government, the LibDems don’t have the stomach for a shock doctrine style short term austerity programme. Balls advocates stimulus in the form of higher spending, no one in government is advocating the alternative, which is to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes instead. Of course if we also rolled back government spending there would be more room for tax cuts to boost consumer confidence and the economy, without matching spending cuts the deficit will rise. Osborne is going to miss his deficit target regardless of which option he takes, it wouldn’t scare the bond market so much if cut taxes in pursuit of growth…

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning

Watson Hits Delete Button

Scourge of Murdoch, Tom Watson, tweeted his 50 thousand odd followers a link to the reference to himself in the Campbell submission to the Leveson Inquiry and he blogged the evidence submission in its entirety this afternoon. He put it all on his blog:

 

For some reason he has removed it now, though it is still in his blog feed and in the Google cache

Exclusive: Alastair Campbell Evidence to Leveson Speculates Morgan's Mirror Hacked Cherie Blair's Voicemail


UPDATE: Bad Al still complaining about headlines. Once a spin doctor…

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