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Week 8 – Villain: Tony Blair

February 23, 2014

This Week’s Villain of the Week is former Prime Minister Tony Blair who revealed once again his craven relationship with the rich and powerful with his offer to assist Rebekah Brooks and the Murdochs over phone hacking Every time you think you’ve got the measure of Tony Blair, he does something to lower even further […]

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Rightwing Bullshit Watch #4: Benedict Brogan, Leveson and the Paranoid Style of the British Right

November 28, 2012

Tomorrow Lord Leveson will publish his report.   The Leveson Inquiry commenced its hearings in September last year and concluded taking evidence at the end of July of this year.   Compared to some of the horrifically long and drawn out Inquiries of recent years (Saville on Bloody Sunday, being the worst example), it has, at first […]

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Sky News has no defence to E-mail hacking charge

April 5, 2012

Sky News has today accepted that it hacked into the e-mails of the John Darwin, the man who faked his own death in order to obtain hundreds of thousands of pounds in insurance. It appears that the e-mails were hacked during the trial of Mrs Darwin, who claimed, during her own defence to deception charges […]

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Week 50: Villain – James Murdoch

December 18, 2011

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the Chairman of News Corporation Europe and heir apparent to the News Corp empire, James Murdoch When I was writing my piece yesterday on the first anniversary of the Arab Spring, I was reminded of how that (Bahrain apart) these supposedly revolutionary republics, all end up being monarchies […]

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Is there something missing at the heart of the Leveson Inquiry?

November 24, 2011

Now, I don’t know how the Leveson Inquiry is proposing to progress its investigation; I don’t know which witnesses are lined up to give evidence and the nature of that evidence; and I don’t know how the Inquiry proposes to move on from the testimony of celebrities and victims – but, over the last few […]

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Phone Hacking: More Questions – Clive Goodman, Andy Coulson and Harbottle & Lewis

August 18, 2011

It has been almost a month since the phone hacking story was dominating the news media.    On 22 July 2011 I identified the biggest questions that appeared to remain unanswered. However Tuesday saw the story return with a vengeance as a result of Clive Goodman’s letter dated 2 March 2007 in respect of an appeal […]

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Week 29: Hero – Tom Watson MP

July 24, 2011

Our Hero of the Week award goes to Tom Watson MP The undoubted star of the Select Committee interviews this week was the chubby member of Parliament for West Bromwich East. His cut and thrust questioning at the committee hearings, choosing to focus in on Rupert and largely ignoring James for most of his section, […]

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Phone Hacking: The Key Questions That Remain Unanswered

July 22, 2011

Since the damp foamy squib that was the Select Committee hearing on Tuesday, phone hacking fatigue has well and truly set in among the media.  The BBC Six O’Clock News last night for the first time since the story broke on 4 July 2011 did not include a single piece related to the story.   The […]

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Phone Hacking: How clean is the Daily Mail?

July 20, 2011

In his evidence before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Defamation, Editor in Chief at The Daily Mail said that in his nineteen years service at the Newspaper he had never countenanced the use of illegal phone tapping or blagging. Hmm, it’s a very bold statement, indeed so bold that it couldn’t possibly be anything but […]

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1922 Committee Summon David Cameron (don’t get too excited though)

July 19, 2011

The executive of Tory back-benchers, the 1922 Committee, have summonsed David Cameron to come before them tomorrow for, what is being trailed as a bollocking. Don’t be too excited. The chances of this turning into some kind of palace revolt leading to Cameron and Osborne’s blood splattered over the walls of Westminster are as likely […]

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Phone Hacking: what have we discovered from the Select Committee hearings?

July 19, 2011

It was a day of drama. No one expected Rupert Murdoch’s Mrs to have such a great right hook – fantastic! And while I’m on that subject what a tosser Johnny Marbles is – I mean, on a day when News Corp is finally brought to account before a Committee of the House of Committee, […]

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Phone Hacking: What should Nick Clegg do?

July 19, 2011

Nick Clegg is probably to be found somewhere in the Palace of Westminster hiding under a table wearing a tin-hat watching all the bombs sail safely over his head. He has had a few weeks off from being the fall-guy and can today look with a certain amount of optimism at some fairly healthy opinion […]

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Phone Hacking: Will David Cameron Resign?

July 18, 2011

If three weeks ago the question had been asked of the politically engaged as to which of the leaders of the three major parties would find his position under threat over the course of the summer, I suspect the answer would have been overwhelmingly, Ed Miliband, with the odd Nick Clegg thrown in to mix […]

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Phone Hacking: The Paranoid Style on the British Right

July 18, 2011

Did you know that the phone hacking scandal has been hugely exaggerated by the BBC?  Or even made up entirely by that pernicious Marxist organ?  That the attack on Murdoch’s news Corps is part of an all encompasing Stalinist plot involving Ed Miliband and the BBC to shut down dissent from left wing views? Surely that […]

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Some tips on Cross-Examination for the Select Committee Warriors.

July 18, 2011

This Tuesday, the House of Commons Committee Corridor will be going mental! In one room the Home Affairs Select Committee is due to listen to the evidence of Sir Paul Stephenson, whilst a few doors further up – the Culture, Media and Sport Committee is due to question Rebekah Brooks, James Murdoch, the Godfather himself, […]

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Week 28: Villain – John Yates

July 17, 2011

 The Villain of the Week Award this week goes to Assistant Commissioner John Yates. ‘If you think I should resign for what the News of the World has done, I think that is unfair’.   So said Yates of the Yard when he appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee last Monday – which seems about […]

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Is Ed Miliband the new Clem Attlee?

July 14, 2011

I know, there’s nothing worse (or indeed more unfair) than comparing a contemporary person to a hero from days long gone – but, after watching Ed Miliband for the last year and seen him come to the fore this week, I found myself thinking about Clem Attlee. We’ve been a bit schizophrenic about Ed M […]

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Andy Coulson: Ten Questions For David Cameron

July 13, 2011

Today in Parliament, David Cameron denied having been informed about Andy Coulson’s employment of known criminals when he was editor of News of The World.  The criminal is Jonathan Rees who had served a sentence of 7 years for perverting the course of justice (for planting cocaine on an innocent woman) when he was hired […]

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#227: 1984, Billy Bragg, It Says Here

July 11, 2011

As long ago as my post on Robert Wyatt’s crushingly beautiful Shipbuilding at STLAS #4 I wrote about the difficulty of successfully pulling off political songs and expressed a view that in stark contrast to the sophistication of that wonderful Elvis Costello penned masterpiece, a lot of early Billy Bragg was a bit po faced. […]

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Week 27: Hero – The Guardian

July 10, 2011

This Week’s Hero of the Week is…The Guardian newspaper In the week that one longstanding newspaper bit the dust, it is the newspaper responsible for its demise that is our Hero of the Week.  Because let’s be absolutely clear without some determined and dogged good old fashioned journalism from Nick Davies and his team on […]

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Economic Policy and Phone Hacking: Is Ed Miliband Finding His Feet, At Last?

July 9, 2011

We’ve not exactly been restrained on these pages about Ed Miliband’s performance over the last couple of months.  Indeed Ray in particular has been so critical that Tories have taken the time to underline how much they agree with what has been said by posting lengthy comments.   The Conservative supporting press and Tory bloggers like […]

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Rebekah Brooks’ Curious Denial

July 6, 2011

As the News of the World phone hacking story continutes to develop, it is being reported that Rebekah Brooks, News of the World editor at the time, sent an email yesterday to employees of News International in which she says: ‘It is inconveivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations’.   Does anyone else find the language of […]

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