33 thoughts on “Committee Dust-up

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  • mary

    I think Bagshawe the chick lit author, now Mrs Mensch, is doing quite well. Does anyone else find Murdoch Jnr’s drawl, with the rising interrogative at the end of each sentence, very annoying? Is Murdoch Snr alive?

  • dreoilin

    We can predict the headlines now, provided by a committee member, “Your wife has a great left hook”. Sub head, “This is the most humble day of my life”.
    (sigh)

  • mary

    She speaks as if she is still in charge and working for them, using the word ‘we’.

  • mary

    Why do they have expensive and environmentally unfriendly bottled water provided. What’s wrong with a jug of tap water?

  • mary

    Conservatives now admitting that Neil Wallis was informally advising Andy Coulson before the election. Drip drip drip…. the facts slowly emerge.

  • Nextus

    Awww, poor little Becky! She seems so contrite and timorous, with head bowed, furtive upward glances, and stuttering, whiny tone. With all these little bullying MPs about to lay into her … shame on them!!!
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    On the other hand, I can’t see how anyone would appoint someone so weak and dippy to a senior editor’s position. Aaah … ! you don’t think, perhaps, she might be putting it on a bit?! That she might be trying to evade hard questions by appealing to sympathetic instincts?
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    BITCH!

  • Methuselah Now

    Hi,

    Mensch is not to be trusted. She’s obsessed with conflating and trying to shoe-horn her personal detractors in other media into this attack against the Murdoch media at almost every opportunity, but at the end of the day, she’s no different to those sickening New Labour women who love/d the air-time, and climbing the greasy poll, but completely incompetent (no one’s at home), except for her narrow issue, and wouldnt be in her position if it wasn’t for her media/political nexus friendships.

    Just see her first question and last appearance on Newsnight!

    Kind regards,

    MN

  • Methuselah Now

    Hi,

    Who did the BBC have on as commentators on the daily politics special? And, notice the change in direction all the Tories seem to be working towards – but to expect from a supine corrupt chairman.

    Kind regards,

    MN

  • mary

    At least Mensch has named other newspapers found guilty of the same illegal practices in the Operation Motorman and listed in the Information Commissioner’s report. The rest of the media and especially the BBC have been pretty well silent about this.
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    Brooks is still using ‘we’ with the present tense as if she is still employed by NI, sometimes correcting herself.

  • Nextus

    Now little Becky’s added cracking of her voice to the stuttering testimony. I learned during counselling training to spot the difference between involuntary affective responses and contrived affectation: the secret is to monitor the concurrent body language. She is leaking signals of defiance: the tension in the jaw and shoulders are particularly revealing. The way she lapses into a more assured tone of voice when directly challenged is also significant.
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    Withold the BAFTA nomination. On her current performance, I don’t think she’d even make a mark in the British Soap Awards.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Off topic, sorry. Someone sent an e-mail to the the person who runs my website this afternoon, with the topic of ‘Craig Murray’s blog’ and they’ve signed it with a pseudonym which I don’t immediately recognise (sorry!) from Craig’s blog. I’d be delighted to reply. Please could the person who sent it let me know here, on CM’s blog, if it’s a genuine e-mail from them, and could they give the pseudonym under which it was sent. I’m sorry to be so cautious; there have been a number of odd phenomena recently, some of which I know have not been genuine, recently directed at me and I’m keen to avoid various pitfalls of cyberspace. Sorry for any trouble and thanks very much for your cooperation.

  • Vronsky

    Ho hum. The world will continue to spin in the same direction. Brooks, Murdoch, Coulson, assorted bent cops, all will wend on their upward way regardless. A little over a year from now Murdoch’s takeover of Sky will proceed as planned. In Britain public indignation is hard to rouse and tires quickly. All a mobster needs is a little patience, and a claim of humility is more than enough to deflect censure.

  • mary

    After this the polishers of the green leather benches slope off for a nice long holiday thus letting Cameron off the hook after tomorrow’s debate on the hacking inter alia.
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    Summer Recess – Rise 19 July 2011 Returns 5 September 2011

  • XXY

    Comic custard pie. Result: “reporters and members of the public were not re-admitted.” Murdoch forgot the cttee has a steno. ha ha!

  • mary

    From all accounts the submissions to the Home Affairs Committee were much more important and interesting than the Murdoch Brooks show
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    If in doubt they kill. All badgers up to 60,000 possibly in the South West are to be shot. Ms Spelman is so sorry about the ‘controlled reduction’ and the NFU win. If only we could have a similar controlled reduction of MPs.

  • Herbie

    It used to be in the 1980s that everyone seemed to understood that tabloid journos were low-life scumbags, trawling through the scabs and detritus of greed and corruption that the emerging Thatcher society encouraged. They were regularly portrayed as such on TV and other media. They themselves seemed even to enjoy that reputation and indeed revel in it.
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    Clearly my impression was totally wrong.
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    These hearings have shown that tabloid journos and owners are obviously upstanding people holding to such an exceptionally high degree of morality and concern for public probity, goodness and light that I’m embarrassed to admit that I my poor self could never hope to hold.
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    I apologize profusely for having had such bad thoughts and intend performing a long penance in mitigation of my sins.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    I think the young man may well have been a Murdoch plant. Let’s see what transpires. Courageous???!!! Custard pies? Give me strength!!!!!!!!

  • Jaded.

    Well, considering they wanted to let off the Tomlinson copper, then this guy should be at home by now with his feet up enjoying a cup of coffee right?

  • Azra

    Suhayl, great minds…. 🙂 when I heard that, my immediate thought was who planted him!

  • Jonangus Mackay

    Missed photo-op of the decade:
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    UK Uncut foam-pie killer did, it seems, hit target. BBC political editor Nick Robinson speaks of it on Ten O’Clock News as if almost high-point of his reporting career.
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    Murdoch’s face was covered with foam. ‘But the cameras failed to pick it up.’
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    Splash headline we should see tomorrow—to boomerang Matthew Freud’s cynical PR headline back at him—but won’t, captioning jumbo pic of moment of contact:
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    MEDIA TYCOON HUMBLE IN FACE OF PIE
    :

  • wendy

    lets be honest here they all sat comfortably with sean hoares sudden death ..

    there was never going to be anything from the panel ..

    brooks was not convincing – there are obvious cracks in her narrative .. you see she learnt her lines .. and that exposed her vulnerability

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Nextus, astute observations, as always. Perhaps Brooks will be offered an appearance on ‘Dr Who’, where, at strategic points, her voice can crack just an iota, her eyes can do that ‘Lost 1970s Sixth Former’ thing Tony Blair used to do and she can weep salt water crocodile tears and say, “Sorry”, maybe even have some Triffid toss a custard pie at her, and by these means foul and foul gain viewer sympathy at every turn. As someone else, Johnangus, I think, pointed out in excellent prose, she and Rupert Murdoch would make wonderful aliens. Now, if I were God, or even the Man on the Clapham Bus, I would say: “Let the lot of them roast in Hell.”

  • Nextus

    Suhayl: “her eyes can do that ‘Lost 1970s Sixth Former’ thing”
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    Indeed. Becky Brooks is very much like Lily Cole’s character in St Trinians, 25 years on, plying the same conniving innocent waif act in the professional news media.

  • OldMark

    Apropos the custard pie incident, if Rupert rather unconvincingly played the role of a Lord Gnome about to enter his dotage, Wendi played a blinder as an exotic Rita Chevrolet on steroids.

  • ingo

    Ms Brooks performance, showing all the signs of the scared temptress wanting sympathy, a person that still livesa nd thinks in her wolrd of the ‘family’. nextus is bang on, she is the architypal siren and someone will use her persona to re-make the musical Hair, give it a catchy title, in the methods of the tabloid press, no more than two words in a headline, so lets call it Murdoch’s Hair, a musical of no scrupels.

    A musical written by collaborative efforts? Just think of all the music one could fit in, who knows Rolf Harris might be free for that special Ozzi feel, wobbly boards and all.

    With the Euro going down the pan, Greece might have to bail out themselves, cause the Germans are a tad peed off with paying for their far to early pension age, just as for super wages in the public services.
    Israel is sharpening all of its war tools, the flotilla has fizzled out and talk of war with Iran, goading Shia’s in Bahrain did not work, is all over the internet.

    Will we need an ’emergency law’ dispensing with all inquieries during next years Olympics? What if visitors demonstrate, right there, in the Olympic stadium? what will happen in the rest of London if 25.000 officer are at the games flooding East London?
    We are guaranteed a transport debacle as well as a policing debacle. I hope those officers receive training with regards to their responses, in case they are challenged or goaded on the Mets record?

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