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…



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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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