Rebekah Still Doesn’t Get It

by craig on July 19, 2011 9:06 am in Uncategorized

The continuing hubris of the News International lot is really quite astonishing. These people do not seem to have realised they no longer have the world in their pocket. I thought this one really took the biscuit; Rebekah Brooks’ lawyer complains that the police have damaged her reputation. To which the reply is, what reputation?

When you consider how Hayman, Coulson and Brooks conspired to trash the reputation of newly murdered Jean Charles De Menezes by publishing deliberate lies about him, that is sick. Even more sick when you consider that Cressida Dick, who orchestrated Menezes’ murder, is now in charge of the anti-terrorist squad as a result of all the resignations.

It is particularly fascinating that the squad of police in direct charge of pumping out years of lies to bolster the “War on Terror”, in close collusion with Brooks and Coulson, was put in charge of the investigation into those two. I have yet to see a convincing explanation of why the News of the World investigation was given to the anti-terrorist squad, as opposed to any of the Met’s many thousands of other detectives. Was this Ian Blair keeping it in politicially safe hands who would not progress it? Almost certainly yes, I would say.

The most obnoxious policeman of all time has not yet come under the spotlight in all this. He will.

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  1. She will have her legal counsel alongside today to advise her on her answers. Another piece of theatre for the gullible watchers.

  2. Thanks, correction made.

  3. willyrobinson

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:25 am

    “I have yet to see a convincing explanation of why the News of the World investigation was given to the anti-terrorist squad, as opposed to any of the Met’s many thousands of other detectives.”

    Now you’re talking. This is the most important aspect of the story, and I agree with your conclusion. This is not just the politicization of the police force (which is inevitable at top brass level) but the politicization of security as a concept. Number 10 owns security, and it’s so important that it can’t be questioned. Then when they don’t investigate something, they can say they were busy with a whole pile of security shit. Don’t expect opposition parties to go digging here though – it’s a cosy arrangement that suits everyone.

  4. Paul Johnston

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:45 am

    The most obnoxious policeman of all time has not yet come under the spotlight in all this. He will.

    Never lived in Manchester have you Craig?

  5. Despite the seriousness I had to smile at The Guardian’s most viewed items.
    1. News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead
    2. Police examine bag found in bin near Rebekah Brooks’s home
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/19/sean-hoare-journalists-tributes-news-of-the-world
    The last paragraph of the 2nd article starts: ‘Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Sunday under suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and of corrupting police officers.’ She has a lot to answer for but cannot be blamed for corrupting police officers. They’re either incorruptible or they’re not.

  6. 10 Questions The MPs Will Not Ask Murdoch
    By Robin Beste
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    July 18, 2011 “Stop the War Coalition” —
    What was it about the relationship with Murdoch that made Tony Blair feel it was appropriate to take a phone call from a newspaper proprietor just hours prior to the most momentous decision a prime minister can make: ordering the country’s armed forces to war?
    .
    When Rupert Murdoch appears before the parliamentary committee on 19 July 2011, here are ten questions the MPs certainly will not ask about the relationship he had with Tony Blair during the run up to the Iraq war, when Murdoch was, in the words of Blair’s former press officer Lance Price, “the third most powerful figure in the Labour government”, after Blair himself and Gordon Brown.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28624.htm

  7. “Cressida Dick, who orchestrated Menezes’ murder,”

    That constitutes libel in your tiny Third World country.

    It might even constitute libel in my big First World country, as you’re clearly acting out of malice.

    Speaking of libel …

    Heh Angrysoba, I’m thinking of setting up a Craig Murray Watch blog to highlight many of the bizarre statements he’s made recently. I can’t believe how far this guy has fallen.

  8. I am guessing that the grandly titled Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington might fit the bill in the last sentence.
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    After his retirement as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, on 6 April 2005 he was created a life peer as Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, of Kirkwhelpington in the County of Northumberland.

    Lord Stevens is the Executive Chairman of Quest Ltd, a London based Corporate Intelligence, Investigations and Risk Mitigation Company. Among at least four remunerated company directorships held by him are non-executive directorships of the financial services company Invicta Capital and of Mercer Street Consulting. ++ Stevens also writes for the News of the World newspaper++. On 28 November 2005 he was appointed Chancellor of Northumbria University.
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    On 29 June 2007, in-coming Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Lord Stevens as his Senior Advisor on International Security Issues.
    .
    Lord Stevens is patron of the United Kingdom’s largest professional security organisation, The Security Institute.
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    His Register of Interests on the House of Lords website:
    1: Directorships
    Non-executive Chairman, Mercer Street Consulting Ltd

    Non-executive Director, Travelex (money exchange)

    Non-executive Chairman, Monitor Quest Limited (risk mitigation)

    Non-executive Chairman, Protector Group (security services)

    Executive Chairman, Axiom International Ltd (forensic science and police training courses)
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    Non-executive Director, LGC Limited (diagnostic services)
    2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
    Stevens Consultancy

    Contracted to JLA to give speeches on leadership, management and policing

    Member, UN Commission for Global Road Safety (funded by World Bank)

    Chairman, Buddi Ltd (GPS personal tracking device and tagging company)
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    5: Land and property
    Residential land in Kirkwhelpington (expected future income)
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    10: Non-financial interests (a)
    Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on International Security

    Chairman, Border Security Advisory Committee (set up by David Cameron MP for Conservative Party)
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    Since 1 January 2010 leading Stevens 3 Enquiry and examining certain cases investigated by Historical Enquiries Team, Northern Ireland
    10: Non-financial interests (b)
    Chancellor, University of Northumbria
    10: Non-financial interests (e)
    President, Durham County Cricket Club

    Chairman, Newcastle Cathedral Appeal

    Chairman of Board, Skills for Security

    Member, Nominations Committee, St John Ambulance

    Trustee, Alnwick Gardens Trust

    President, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK (AOPA UK)
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    All bases covered.

  9. PS LGC Forensics
    http://www.lgc.co.uk/divisions/lgc_forensics.aspx
    Privatised forensic science and pathology. Not a good idea if you get my drift??

  10. “I have yet to see a convincing explanation of why the News of the World investigation was given to the anti-terrorist squad…”

    I understand it was first given to them because the initial suspicion was around hacking of the royal family. That explanation is understandable.

    The fact it never made it out of the anti-terrorist domain, despite the reams of evidence found on Glenn Mulcaire pointing to hacking on an industrial scale, that’s where the official explanation comes up well short.

  11. Anon,

    Thanks – the comment on the link adds more fascinating detail. Yes, that is very peculiar indeed.

  12. A bargain! Only £5k-£10K a pop. Wonder how they decide who goes on the list.
    http://www.jla.co.uk/after-dinner-speakers/john-stevens

  13. I inferred Baron Blair of Boughton, Mary, but I guess there could be wide speculation as to who is the most obnoxious of the retired Commissioners. Anon’s second post reawakens the Hilda Murrrell murder as well as the death of Willy Macrae. Something not quite right there with either murder. Robert Green,who believes the conviction of Andrew George for Hilda Murrell’s murder to be unsafe, has had his home in New Zealand broken into, and interference with his phone and mail; over which he suspects the British secret services. It was forensic evidence which convicted George in a reopened ‘cold case’.

  14. Also on the list of (piss) artists John, but a tad cheaper at £2.5k – £5k.
    http://www.jla.co.uk/conference-speakers/ian-blair-of-boughton
    .
    The Director of Public Affairs at the Met whose name I likened to one likely to be found in the cast list of The Godfather, Dick Fedorcio, has been referred to the IPCC.

  15. As I thought might be the case, requests for answers to questions are now being demanded by the Defend Tommy Sheridan people.
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1311069285.html

  16. Willie Macrea’s office must have been bugged or he was watched receiving these documents, or he had a mole in his office. Whoever gave him these documents can’t be very safe either now.
    As they have did not instantyly recognised the bullet hole it must have been a small calibre, maybe a 22 high velocity projectile, fired from, sticking my neck out, a Heckler and Koch or a Glock, most definately an assassination by someone who did not want him to have a weekends read of some very sensitive papers by the looks of it.

    Does this mean one could not trust Strathclyde to investigate the Met?

  17. mary, thanks for that link, I saw the black shadow video that they claimed was of Sheridan!, its all starting to make sense now.

  18. Craig
    .
    Letting righteous indignation run ahead of logic and fairness again?
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    I never thought I’d ever agree with Larry / Yugo on anything but the crack at Cressida Dick goes a bit too far.
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    It’s clear she was misled by the people on the ground, not on the pace and gave unclear orders (to arrest him, but whatever you do, don’t let him get on the Tube or words to that effect) but orchestrating his murder is an unsupportable charge. Both the inquest and the Jury in the trial of the Met did not blame her personally for the series of cock-ups that led to the assasination of an innocent man or the lies the Met told about it afterwards.
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    Whether she can do the job she now has in view of the baggage of the de Menezes fiasco is a different, perfectly valid, question.

  19. Latest on the French boat voyage to Gaza
    .
    Canadian Boat to Gaza
    For Immediate Release

    July 19, 2011- 4:30AM EDT

    Dignité attacked: one Canadian on board Gaza-bound French boat

    Organizers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG), the Tahrir, lost
    contact with the French flagged boat Dignité from the Freedom Flotilla
    II, at 10:10AM local time when the boat was in international waters
    north of Arish, Egypt, and are deeply concerned for those aboard,
    given the likelihood the vessel has been boarded by the Israeli Navy.
    The Dignity had managed to get out of Greek territorial waters and was
    sailing towards Gaza. The Israeli navy recently threatened to
    intercept any ships heading to Gaza……

  20. Was she aware of the dudm dum ammunitions the team had loaded John G.? and why was this ammunition chosen if he was not to get on to the tube, indeed how did they miss their chance when he came offthe bus and into a very highly populated, confined space of a station?

    She clearly made the wrong decision, imho, and was never challenged. What constitutes murder when the Mets crack team, and we know of their gung ho behaviour during their Hereford training, is unable to validate their conduct with CCTV,it dissappeared, when witnesses are intimidated by the teams ‘overwhelming evidence’?

    In short it stinks and she is not the right person to let loose again.

  21. John K

    You will recall that the judge ruled at the inquest that the jury could not bring in a verdict of unlawful killing, and directed them very strongly to bring in a verdict of lawful killing. They refused, and brought in the most damning verdict they were allowed – an open verdict. She, and the rest of those involved in the killing, was in no sense cleared by the inquest jury.

  22. Craig

    She clearly made many mistakes – I think Gareth Pierce said over 20? – but that’s a long way from “orchestated Menezes’ murder”: I don’t think anyone alleged that she ordered the men on the scene to kill him. The police generally, on the ground and in the control room, were clearly incompetent and badly briefed, but that’s cock-up not conspiracy.

    I do however agree she is tainted by the Open verdict for the rest of her career.

    And none of this will bring Mr. de Menezes back.

  23. “You will recall that the judge ruled at the inquest that the jury could not bring in a verdict of unlawful killing”
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    It beggars belief. Does a judge in those circumstances have to justify such a ruling? Thank god for a sane jury. I wish they could have done more and convicted the lot of them.

  24. Thanks Anon, this scandal now seems to tick all the boxes of the description epidemic.
    Thanks for reminding us that Ms Dicks was never cleared of being partial to the killing, Craig, any police recruit with uncluttered principles would be a better candidate.

  25. “MP Cathy Jamieson blocked from Murdoch committee”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14198514

    Oh dear, are the tories manipulating the make up of the committee hearing!, what does that tell everyone!, are they trying to protect David Cameron ?.

  26. In follow-up to my just-posted comments on the Sean Hoarde post (http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2011/07/death-of-sean-hoare/):

    Yes, let’s not forget the murdered-in-cold-blood Jean Charles de Menezes, or that which necessitated his being executed in public (7/7 as an inside job). Nor Michael Todd, who the presstitutes likewise raked over the coals in the wake of his untimely death, concerning which they did everything they could to cover up rather than to investigate.

  27. Apologies. Sean Hoare (typo, above)

  28. During the JcDM inquest it was revealed that a Special Branch officer changed evidence during the inquest…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7667845.stm

    He had deleted the following line from his notes…

    “Management discussion, CD: can run onto tube as not carrying anything. Persuaded by U/I male amongst management”

    CD = Cressida Dick
    U/I = Unidentified

    I continue to be curious to know the ID of the U/I male amongst management who persuaded CD that shooting someone who couldn’t have been carrying a bomb was OK

    It’s also interesting to note that the BBC didn’t quote the deleted line in full, and missed out the part about the U/I male, when covering the story

  29. Sick indeed Craig – I appreciate your prophesy, a most encouraging sign. If Blair can tape his own families calls together with the IPCC then you can be certain he ‘contained’ police collusion with Brooks and Coulson.

  30. Wow! Rupert Murdoch just looks like a lost old man. Is that his wife behind him in pink?
    .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14193124

  31. Pandemic might be a better description, Ingo. The corrupt Murdoch empire covers the world, and the corruption is hardly likely to be quarantined within the borders of the UK. There’s a lot more to come.
    Thanks Mary for all your posts. Very enlightening. It’s a hornet’s nest up there in the highest boughs of the Met.

  32. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    2:35pm
    .
    Pub quiz just started.
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    Murdoch interrupts his son’s answer to chairman’s first question, so eager is he to transmit, as strongly advised, *the* hoped-for headline.
    .:
    ‘The Most Humble Day of Life.’
    © Matthew Freud.
    .

  33. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    Murdoch comes over as a semi-gaga coward, who responds in the form of gaping, black-hole silences, & tries repeatedly, by means of gesture or grunt, to off-load implied blame onto his son.
    .
    The son, for his part, comes over as a vulpine thicko.
    .

  34. Love the copyright, Jonangus. Perfect.

  35. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    WIfe Wendi, hands clasped in her lap just to the rear of her husband, intermittently leans forward solicitously. In pink & blue, she has the appearance of an haute couture nurse, accustomed to provide massage as & when required.
    .

  36. The mind boggles Jonangus. I thought that was the job of the flame haired beauty. I have just come in. Has the old lizard said anything yet?

  37. Fed up with the ever-so-soft shilling/trolling here from John K.

  38. How could Australia produce such two completely different citizens born within eight years of each other, one a monstrous manipulator and corruptor and the other a beacon of light and truth in our ever darkening world? I mean Rupert Murdoch and John Pilger.

  39. @Mary

    I’m not a troll or a shill, just someone who believe in fair play and playing the ball not the man (or woman). As you can see from looking at all my previous posts. I only post occasionally here, and (I hope) only when I have something relevant to say or an outrageous comment needs to be challenged.
    .
    If you can’t cope with someone who refuses to jump to conclusions, doesn’t automatically believe everything that happens is a conspiracy, or just plain disagrees with your viewpoint that’s your problem.
    .
    I have just as much right to my viewpoint as anyone else, so don’t try to marginalise me be calling me a shill or a troll. You only demean yourself in so doing.

  40. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    3:30pm:
    .
    Committee have lost it now. In contrast to Watson’s opening list of specific questions — that precipated Murdoch into repeated, almost embarrassing, silence — it’s all got very rambly. Chairman Whittingdale might just as well be in Annie’s Bar. (Even appears at one point to initiate affable chat about general state of UK tabloid trade.)
    .
    Makes Keith Vaz & his mates, quizzing Scotland Yard’s top brass earlier, seem like a Torquemada tag team.
    .
    Can this go into extra time? Not because it’s a close game, but simply because of sheer chair-permitted vagueness & deviation. This particular select committee badly needs a Vaz to crack the whip.
    .
    .

  41. “My 16-year-old son Joshua was staying with me in London because he was doing work experience at The Sun newspaper.

    That morning I had gone to work before Josh and he was due to travel to the newspaper’s offices in East London later by Tube. He had rung my mobile phone just before Caroline came into my office to say his train had been held at Victoria for ages and then there had been an announcement that the line was closed because of a power problem.”
    .
    “Given what they thought they were dealing with, Charlie 2 and Charlie 12, in running towards and getting within a few feet of a suspected suicide bomber[Jean Charles De Menezes], and Ivor [a surveillance officer], who sprang on him and pinned his arms to his sides on the Tube train, should each have been awarded the George Medal.”

    Sir Ian Blair – autobiography – ‘Policing Controversy’

  42. Scouse Billy

    19 Jul, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    Mary, demography rarely has any predictive value.

    This is very entertaining – the Corporate/Media Mafia with their Consilieri sitting behind them…

  43. “Murdoch comes over as a semi-gaga coward, who responds in the form of gaping, black-hole silences”
    .
    It has been suggested on Twitter that he has an earpiece, or even a tiny speaker in his glasses! He’s certainly rich enough, someone added …
    .
    Meanwhile, Breaking: Israel navy boards Gaza-bound French yacht: english.ahram.org.eg/News/16798.aspx

  44. A comment on Twitter:
    “It’ll all fall apart when they bring in Murdoch’s brother from Sicily”

  45. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    The Murdochs acknowledge they take legal advice from Farrar & Co.
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    Consumer note:
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    Farrar & Co are the Queen’s solicitors.
    .

  46. The Murdochs plan to launch a full investigation to find out who is running their company.

  47. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:10 pm

    Seeing what they’re seeing:
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    Can Murdoch’s shareholders any longer tolerate this Mr Magoo?
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  48. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    @ Dreoilin. Brilliant. Literally laughed out loud.
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  49. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    That’s the second time some git on the committee has referred to the Sunday Times as ‘a great newspaper.’ Not since Murdoch got his hands on it.
    .

  50. “The Murdochs plan to launch a full investigation to find out who is running their company.”
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    LOL! I like this one, dreiloin. I may have to steal it. :D

  51. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Hello, Mr Whittingdale.
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    Hey, Ref!
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    Where are you?
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    Are you still on the pitch?
    .

  52. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Murdoch himself now seems to have fallen asleep. Literally.
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  53. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Seems to have been more disruption among audience just now. Which reminds me: What was the disruption off camera right at the start? Delay while offenders were removed. Some sort of demo?
    .

  54. Someone (didn’t catch who) has made James Murdoch aware of the term ‘wilful blindness’ much to his apparent chagrin, a concept of which he claims not to have heard. It is explained below.

    ‘CNN: Where did the idea of “willful blindness” start for you?

    Margaret Heffernan: I read the transcript of the trial of Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay and in the instructions to the jury, the judge cited the legal concept of willful blindness — that if there is information that you could have known, and should have known, but somehow managed not to know, the law treats you as though you did know it.’

    Full CNN article on Heffernan’s book.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/03/01/business.blindness.heffernan/index.html

  55. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    4:35:
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    ‘Nobody’s kept me in the dark!’
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    — Keith Rupert Murdoch, 19 July 2011.
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  56. @Jonangus, @Angry, sadly I can’t take credit. It was one of the comments that flew past in my tweet stream. Twitter can be v entertaining on these occasions.

  57. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    Who’s this rambling idiot who addresses the principal accused as ‘Mr Rupert’? Has effect of propping Keith into sudden wakefulness.
    .

  58. “Who’s this rambling idiot who addresses the principal accused as ‘Mr Rupert’?”
    .
    I know. I thought Mr Rupert looked doddery but this guy looks like he’s auditioning for “The Old Senile One” on Last of the Summer Wine.

  59. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    4:42:
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    Subconscious assumption/audacity note:
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    Second or third time now Murdoch has used phrases such as ‘We in this country,’ “We . . ‘ etc, as though he’s somehow a Ukanian subject or lives here.
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    The explanation? Excusable force of habit. He’s still of the delusion that he owns the country.
    .

  60. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    OMG. Keith has now been permitted to launch into a viva voce version of his memoirs.
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    Hey, Ref!
    .

  61. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Camera! Action!
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    Murdoch has been physically attacked. Nurse wendi lunges forward. Transmission is cut.
    .

  62. Scouse Billy

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Will James Murdoch be able to regain his cool after the recess?

    He was visibly very shocked…

  63. I said on Craig’s newer thread that that was very handy and with all those plods there too????

  64. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Replay indicates young protester attempted ‘Pie-Kill’ attack with plate of shaving foam. Nurse Wendi earns her money. Moved with karate-like rapidity. Deflected foam pie into assailant’s face. Presumably trained in unarmed combat. Doubles as bodyguard.
    .
    Chris Bryant says: “Didn’t seem that young to me.’ He should know.
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    Bryant says this is a contempt of parliament.
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    Attacker deserves a medal.
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    Perhaps phone-hack victims can organise a whip-round.
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    Note: once he’s removed, requires 10 policemen, it seems, to hold down would-be assailant. Talk about too many cops. Yet more evidence, I suggest, of Yard overmanning & old-fashioned incompetence.
    .

  65. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    Hearing resumes: chamber now seems to have been purged of audience. Only Murdoch’s small squad of consilieri — & of course the valiant Nurse Wendi — remain. Symbolically appropriate.
    .

  66. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    Compliment from MP Watson to Nurse Wendi as witless Chairman Whittingdale prevents him from putting further questions;
    .
    “Mr Murdoch, your wife has a very good left hook.’
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  67. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Just grabbed the sick bag: As Murdoch reads out Matthew Freud’s closing declaration to an angry nation.
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  68. Jonangus your hilarious commentary has relieved several hours of boredom.
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    Old geezer now just about able to read out words from consiglieri.
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    Whittingdale doffs his forelock and all players leave stage left.

  69. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    @ Requires own category at top of tree. Beside bed. And when circumstances require, of course, in it.
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    Second half now commences;
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    Enter now infamous snake-headed woman . . .
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  70. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    After all that excitement, must confess feel trifle fatigued.
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    Even the Gorgon of Fortress Wapping now seems — somewhat astonishingly in view of her alleged crimes & jaw-dropping audacity — a species of anti-climax.
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    Must sit up straight & pull myself together.
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  71. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Highly revealing pleonasm from Brookes. To the point of unwitting self-condemnation:
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    She refers in passing to Jonathan Rees’s ‘many illegal offences.’
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    *Legal* offences being the ones she can get away with.
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    Hearing now hotting up, with well-honed questions from Dr Watson & sharp-witted romantic novelist Louise.
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  72. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Not quite quote of the week; that would be impossible. But a small contender:
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    ‘The Sun is a very clean ship.’
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  73. Cool, calm, plausible, calculating, ruthlessly ambitious… qualities shared in common with many very successful people… and sociopaths.

  74. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Were mendacity an Olympic sport, Rebekah Brooks would win the marathon. Not just decades of practice. Her world-class ability to emit lie, after lie, after lie . . . while maintaining an un-flickering straight face forces me to conclude that the top half of her body came into this world complete with built-in botox.
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    So this explains what the legions of highly-placed gullible refer to as ‘charm’. Herein lies the true nature of her dazzling corporate utility.
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  75. In 2008 or earlier the government released a video of Luton station car-park taken from CCTV on July 7 2005. They then released another video of Luton station car-park in 2010 during the 7/7 inquest dated 26th June which was the so called dummy run according to the Met. Strangely portions of the video were removed in both instances before public release. The portions removed in fact showed the Jaguar car seen in the foreground of both videos, stop next to the alleged bombers parked cars, this according to a source who has requested anonymity for safety reasons.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql59RPRL4v0
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    Despite intensive efforts the owner of the Jaguar has not been identified as a potential witness (or handler?). Do you know who owns this black Jaguar?

  76. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Recurring references — now, as in first half of show — to pesky, apparently lie-riddled, bit of paper emanating from Harbottle & Lewis.
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    Prompts thoughts, must confess, of Goon Show. And the thought that firm of eminent lawyers in question need to be rebranded forthwith Bluebottle & Lewis. Or Bluebottle & Lies.
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  77. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    Incidental intelligence confirming God has grim sense of humour:
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    Viewers learn in passing that News International’s boss of ‘human resources’ is one Daniel Cloke. Not a betting man, but would seem logical & apt that, within the fort, its personnel department is known as ‘Cloke & Dagger’.
    .

  78. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Shame! Outrageous! Surely not! Mrs Brooks is now complaining that she has been the victim of lies in newspapers. Baffles me how they’re allowed to get away with it.
    .

  79. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Matthew Freud’s headline trick (see above) seems to have worked:
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    Humble pie lie, as I’d prefer to call it, kicks off, for example, Peston’s match report.
    .
    This whole rambling sewer comes complete with axe murder, mysterious eve-of-match death. And PR men. In the sewer of contemporary Ukanian kultur, the PR men direct the traffic. Not merely Matthew Fraud. David Cameron only ever proper job? PR man for the tinpot Carlton TV company. His exertions in which role prompted Jeff Randall, onetime editor of Sunday Business, to say:
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    ‘I wouldn’t trust David Cameron with my daughter’s pocket money.’
    .
    Randall, I note, has since been given his own show on Sky TV.
    .

  80. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    ‘This was like getting an aging old war criminal before a tribunal at last.’
    — former (Nu Labour) Downing Street spin doctor Lance Price.
    .

  81. “The suggestion is that a cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin.” Wilson added.
    .
    Good try Wilson but I say ‘bollocks’ – have you ever met a cleaner that found a bag containing a computer, paperwork and a phone throw it in the rubbish bin? No obviously not!

  82. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    Never had the displeasure of meeting Rebekah Brooks. Now feel that, in order to get just measure of this paranormal phenomenon, I no longer need to.
    .
    One or two cartoonists of late been portraying Brooks & her egregious mane as a version of the fly-blown lion in the Wizard of Oz. Having watched her now at length face-on, the actuality seems like some species of android rather than human being in any ordinary sense.
    .
    One who has spent all her adult life generating in tireless fashion costly fictions disseminated as fact, has herself acquired spookily fictional characteristics: a breathing hologram engendered by Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling morphic field of threats & lies — first granted land rights by Margaret Thatcher.
    .
    Brooks — I intend no hyperbole — seems like some horror film chroma key construction-cum-animatronic that’s somehow smuggled itself into the real world. Were she shorn of her bizarre Gorgon locks would she suddenly lose her powers?
    .
    I ask from a genuine spirit of enquiry.
    .

  83. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    Post-match analysis from an expert:
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    ‘They should all take lessons in cross-examination. They were hopeless! The only one who’d even done his homework was Tom Watson.’
    — Geoff Robertson QC.
    .

  84. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Media analyst Steve Hewlett:
    .
    ‘If you were a shareholder of News Corporation tonight, you’d say: “For goodness sake, let’s give that old guy a rest.”‘

  85. Jonangus Mackay

    19 Jul, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Conclusion:
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    We’ve seen it with our own eyes:
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    In relation to his former fiefdom of Ukania, Keith Rupert Murdoch is now a broken man.
    .

  86. cressida dick – she was promoted as with john scarlett and others ..

    funny old world to find brooks swimming out of her depth from sleaze-hatefilled-redtops.

  87. “They should all take lessons in cross-examination. They were hopeless! ’
    — Geoff Robertson QC.”
    .
    but thats what theyre paid to do .. be useless .. why doesnt anyone understand ?

  88. Jonangus Mackay
    .
    Murdoch is not the problem, it is what he represents that is the problem. Rest assured, whatever happens to Murdoch, the future for what he represents will live on, we the people will be NO better off, whatever happens!.

  89. last time it was collective amnesia, this time it was that good parlour game of pass the buck – they knew nothing, because all of the management decisions and funding are supposedly delegated downstream.
    .
    and even when rupe tells us that he contacted the editor of notw at least 1 x month and the times and sun more often to find out what was happening .. he never told the editors what to do btw – the editors of the notw didnt mention the small issue of a million pound pay-out. and he didnt ask. nor did he ask how they managed to get their scoops. such a trusting man indeed.
    .
    and poor becky she was away when that dastardly coulson was at the helm when dowlers phone was being hacked into .. and even though she was aware that bad practices happened across fleet street it never occurred to her that it might be happening at notw or sun. so she didnt ask , and she took stories from reporters on the basis of trust and reputation and printed them without any issues at all.
    .
    you see she is part of rupes family after all.

    mind you they all sat comfortably . the police say no third party involved in the death of sean hoare .. as if someone would leave their fingerprints as a calling card ..
    .

  90. ‘Wow! Rupert Murdoch just looks like a lost old man.’

    ‘Murdoch comes over as a semi-gaga coward’

    Have his minders been watching & learning from Mladic at The Hague ? Or has Rupert himself remembered the best lines from the Ernest Saunders songbook ?

    Either way, the old trouper has had them weeping in the aisles today.

  91. “The most obnoxious policeman of all time has not yet come under the spotlight in all this. He will.”

    You mean that $(*&^£$@’er traffic pig who pulled me over in 1994 is finally up for a hiding? About bloody time!
    .
    The concept that Brook could have her reputation besmirched is quite amusing. As Worf (of Star Trek fame) put it, “You cannot tarnish a rusted blade.”

  92. It’s the Pinochet/ Ernest Saunders defence: “I’m old, very old and quite demented! So I’m innocent and to be pitied. Look – I even walk with a stick!”
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    Answer: “Go jump off a cliff.”

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