Buried in the small print of the Mirror’s Half-Yearly Financial Report (out today) is this little note:
Historical Legal Issues
The Group continues to co-operate with the police in respect of Operation Elvedon (the investigation relating to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials) and Operation Golding (the investigation into alleged phone hacking).
The Group is aware of a number of civil claims from individuals in relation to phone hacking. In the first half we have provided £4.0 million to cover the cost of dealing with and resolving claims. It remains uncertain as to how these matters will progress, whether further allegations or claims will be made, and their financial impact. Due to this uncertainty a contingent liability has been highlighted in note 18…
18. Contingent liabilities
There is potential for further liabilities to arise from the outcome or resolution of the ongoing historical legal issues. Due to the present uncertainty in respect of the nature, timing or measurement of any such liabilities it is too soon to be able to reliably estimate how these matters will proceed and their financial impact..
£4 million seems an awfully small provision when you consider the hundreds of millions already paid out to phone hacking victims…
The People’s Nigel Nelson is the longest serving political editor on Fleet Street. Where does this leave him?
Under the headline “Britain, 2014.” the Mirror’s front page is really going for emotional shock factor today:
The only problem is that the picture is not “Britain, 2014”, it is “America, 2009” and Anne is crying over an earthworm. The Getty photo was shared via Flickr by Lauren Rosenbaum in November 2009, she has a really cute smile:
Of course this is not the first time that the Mirror have got into trouble for a fake front page photo misrepresenting a wider campaign, editor Lloyd Embley is following in the traditions of Piers Morgan. Nobody mention that “territorial Army base in Lancashire” and “occupied Iraq”.
UPDATE: The Mirror ran a fake story about mutant super rats in Liverpool and had to pay compensation to a Hampstead man as a result.
Via Dan Barker
Downing Street’s failure to disclose to the public that Patrick Rock had resigned and been arrested for three weeks is causing some bother for the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson. At yesterday’s Lobby briefing Jean-Christophe Gray, or JC as he is affectionately known by hacks, was asked by lippy Mirror deputy political editor James Lyons: “Has anyone from Downing Street resigned or been arrested in the last 24 hours?” “No…”, a less than impressed JC sighed…
Foodbanks? Check. Benefit sanctions? Check. Boring snoring? Check. On first glance you would have thought Rachel Reeves had written the letter from 27 bishops to the Mirror this morning. It is worth pointing out that the letter itself does not even mention Cameron, Osborne or IDS, let alone directly criticise them, so it is hardly a case of turbulent priests. In fact, it doesn’t even criticise the government all, simply arguing:
“We call on government to do its part: acting to investigate food markets that are failing, to make sure that work pays, and to ensure that the welfare system provides a robust last line of defence against hunger.”
Which is exactly the point. Awkwardly for Labour the bishops’ solution to the nation’s ills are making work pay and reforming the welfare state so it provides only a safety net “last line of defence”. If they keep on like that Guido for one won’t be bashing the bishops…
Mirror political correspondent Tom McTague is making the move from print to online, quitting the paper to become Matt Chorley’s deputy at the Mail Online. A lefty at heart, McTague won’t enjoy his new job writing up three hour old Guido stories…
Tom Watson’s verdict on phone hackers back in May 2012:
“These people corrupted our country. They brought shame on our police force and our Parliament. They lied and cheated, blackmailed and bullied. We should all be ashamed when we think how we cowered before them for so long.
But to really stop requires more than tokenistic retribution. It needs conclusive attribution. The very cornerstone of justice is that those really responsible are held to account – that the rich and the powerful are as low in the face of the law as the most humble and weak.”
Given today’s revelations in court about hacking at Mirror Group, presumably Mirror columnist Watson will now be resigning from the paper…
Trinity Mirror have had their attempt to stop civil action by Sven Goran Eriksson and three others relating to hacking thrown out. The High Court has ruled that the four civil cases can go ahead. Mirror Group tried to have the evidence dismissed but their application was rejected by the judge.[…] Read the rest
Trinity Mirror has announced that the Met are investigating whether the group was criminally liable for alleged phone hacking by, for now, the Sunday Mirror:
“The Group does not accept wrong doing within its business and takes these allegations seriously.”
Tick tock, tick tock…
Here is a list of some of Guido’s stories about the Mirror and hacking allegations:
- Sunday Mirror’s Tina Weaver Isn’t “Fit and Proper” for the PCC
- Heather Mills Drops Piers and Mirror Right In It
- Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part I)
- Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part II)
- Russia Today Anchorman Accuse Sunday Mirror Editor of Phone Hacking Knowledge
- Labour MP Calls for Police Investigation into Mirror Corruption
Dan Evans is being described almost universally as a “former News of the World journalist” following the CPS’ decision to charge him with phone hacking this morning. Which is true, if slightly misleading. To what time period does that first hacking charge relate?[…] Read the rest
Former Mirror and News of the World hack Dan Evans has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to hack phones, perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Evans worked at the paper’s Sunday operation under Tina Weaver before moving to the Screws in 2005.[…] Read the rest
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: