What’s in a Name? 52


The police investigation into bribes to police officers by News of the World is called Operation Elveden. It has not identified, suspended or arrested a single bent cop.

What’s in a name? To Norfolk people Eleveden is a notorious bottleneck on the A11, the main road into and out of the county. You can, literally, queue for miles and for hours to get through Elveden in either direction. It is a place notorious to Norfolk for frustration, obstruction and never getting anywhere. I myself have spent a huge amount of time being stuck by Elveden; it is extremely difficult to avoid or get round. Elveden means no progress.

Andy Hayman was Chief Constable of Norfolk before moving down to the Met.

Did the Met name Operation Elveden as a grim in-joke to indicate they would make sure the accusations never went anywhere?

UPDATE

I have just realised I am definitely right. Operation Weeting is the investigation into the News of the World phone hacking itself. Weeting is the village at the southern end of the notorious Elveden traffic jam.


52 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

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  • Numberstation

    Craig,

    Keep up the good work. The blog is on great form at the moment and is making great reading (as always).

    -Numberstation

  • Herbie

    Interesting read here from Reuters, on corruption and “collusion between money, power, media and the police.”
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    “Analysis: Is Britain more corrupt than it thinks?”
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    “John Bassett — a former senior official at the British signals intelligence agency GCHQ and now a senior fellow at the Royal United Services Institute — says that coming after the financial and economic crises the hacking scandal “has revitalized the narrative of a corrupt elite.
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    “The long-term result is likely to be a further erosion in the credibility of the British establishment, particularly the media and police, in the eyes of citizens.”
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/us-pht-newscorp-britain-corruption-idUSTRE76J25L20110720

  • Scouse Billy

    That’s really very insightful, Craig.
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    The psychopathology of these “criminals” is always revealing.
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    Whilst thinking they are being so clever with their deliberate hints, they build in plausible deniability.
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    You will, no doubt, be dismissed as a conspiracy theorist with a vivid imagination (fueled by your alcohol problem, of course).
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    There are no accidents – a very good spot.

  • Eddie-G

    Are these the names of the new investigations, or the very (compromised) long-running ones?

    Great spot, by the way. Weeting is little north of the A11 though, but very close to the Elveden bottleneck. So maybe there’s a deeper Met in-joke at work…

  • craig Post author

    Eddie G

    Yes I think the “Brandon roundabout”, from which the trouble really starts, is officially in Weeting.

  • Herbie

    Here is the Telegraph’s take on the significance of Tom Watson’s letter to Cameron, by Daniel Knowles:
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    “David Cameron was having quite a good time of it in the Commons. Ed Miliband was quite shrieky, but his heightened rhetoric only helped shore up support for the PM among his own MPs. But has Tom Watson just taken the wind out of his sails?
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    He came in with a devastating intervention, telling MPs he wrote to David Cameron on the 4th of October last year to warn him about allegations that Andy Coulson had listened to recordings of voicemail messages. Cameron’s confidence seemed to drop away for a moment – he spluttered, before repeating his line from a fortnight ago about “second chances”. He certainly didn’t answer the question.
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    Cameron’s explanation of why Ed Llewellyn warned John Yates against warning him that Andy Coulson might have been implicated in this scandal was just about plausible. But how will the PM explain this?
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    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielknowles/100097982/tom-watsons-letter-to-david-cameron-how-will-the-pm-explain-this/

  • Jon

    Just received this via email, worth a read: it’s a letter you can sign to Cressida Dick about investigating criminality across the whole industry:
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    http://action.unlockdemocracy.org.uk/page/s/investigate-the-press
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    There is a third investigation I’d not before heard about, Operation Tuleta – but it is only a “scoping exercise” at this stage rather than the full thing. I think the idea is that if public pressure can be applied to the police, they might look into the activities of the Daily Mail and other papers, who are also alleged to have been involved in illegal data gathering.

  • craig Post author

    Eddie G,

    Just trying to find the answer to your question, but I can’t. Perhaps the names have carried over.

  • Anon

    “Did the Met name Operation Elveden as a grim in-joke to indicate they would make sure the accusations never went anywhere?”
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    I am not joking, the way things are they would get away with calling it Operation Cover-Up or Operation In Your Face. That is really how bad this all is. They don`t care what we think or say, none of them.

  • Eddie-G

    From my late grandma, I always knew of this area as “just the other side of Thetford”, but now you’ve forced me to zoom right in on google maps…

    Brandon roundabout I think is the one just by Thetford, but look, what connects Elveden to Weeting? Bury Road.

    Ps. Like you, I have no idea where one Met investigation ends and the next begins, but it will take a genuinely courageous and determined individual to get to the bottom of this.

  • Herbie

    Craig.
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    Why don’t you put in a FOI request to find out how these particular Operation names were chosen?
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    There was s system for choosing these Operation names.
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    It would be interesting to know was there any deviation from that process on these occcasions, and if so why.
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7288489.stm

  • Matthew

    “Eleveden is a notorious bottleneck on the A11, the main road into and out of the county. You can, literally, queue for miles and for hours to get through Elveden in either direction”.

    Or perhaps he used the name in frustration that he would most likely sit for hours and hours in “traffic”, getting nowhere in the investigative process despite his best efforts.

    Maybe sometimes we read something sinister into something that isn’t there.

  • Scouse Billy

    “Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked why.”
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    Bernard Baruch

  • Eddie-G

    In a fight between Piers Morgan and Louise Mensch, I would probably just root for injuries.

    As far as I can tell, she misrepresented what he wrote in his book, but he won’t talk about the Sven-Ulrika story, broken by the Mirror, which has been alleged to have come about from a phone hack.

    Such fun.

  • wendy

    “Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked why.”
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    if i knew then what i know now , then i would’nt have hesitated to ask ..
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    am i exonerated?

  • Herbie

    Eddie G.
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    The problem here is that if it can be shown in the US that a Committee member misrepresented evidence, without rebuke by said Committee, then that undermines the Committee in the US and its broader questioning of Murdoch Inc’s reputation in the US.
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    Mensch’s statement clearly misrepresents Morgan’s account and her performance in interview with him was not impressive, to put it at its mildest.
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    Murdoch wins in the US, the only place that is truly important to him.
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    Anyway, Tim Ireland is doing some old fashioned foot slogging research up Colindale way:
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    http://www.bloggerheads.com/

  • Clark

    Herbie, the Louise Mensch Vs. Piers Morgan clash looks stage managed to me. CNN gave it nearly nine minutes. Hardly anything gets nine minutes. And to check, you’d need Piers Morgan’s book.
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    I wonder who prepared Louise Mensch’s notes.

  • Herbie

    Clark.

    If you mean that it was stage managed to the benefit of Murdoch Inc in the US, in the manner I’ve indicated above, then I certainly think that’s a strong possibility.
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    That would mean of course that the abuse of parliamentary privilege was all the greater.
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    Some are viewing this as fun and games but it really is much more serious than that.
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    Much, much more serious.

  • ingo

    Ah Elveden, I know it well, it calms down all those hasty and irate souls behind their 444horsepower monsters, designed to eat up roads and petrol. Elveden was home to a Maharadja once and his estate is right next to the A11.
    Maybe the dualling of that stretcth up to Thetford, the go ahead has been given, will take less than the inquieries into this damning affair.
    Camerons performance must make Clegg think twice. Maybe Craig can find out how the internal Liberals are coping/thinking about a coalition partner who has seemingly got his boots full of the proverbial and is merely clinging on by the skin of his teeth.

    Little Snoring is another Norfolk village name fit for a Met investigation.

  • evgueni

    Apologies, this is off-topic communication for Jon. Jon, please don’t be offended, that was not the intention of my last post. Us Ukrainians are a blunt lot verging on rude sometimes (though the Danes are better at it I gather) 🙂 I was referring to the argument that you put forward and not to you as a person.
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    Am on 500 mg Amoxicillin myself, also for a ‘cold’ that overstayed its welcome. I hope we can continue on the topic another time.

  • mary

    http://content.met.police.uk/News/Statement-from-Commissioner/1260269177528/1257246741786
    Statement from Commissioner
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    06 July 2011
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    Statement from Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner:
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    In view of the widespread media coverage and public interest, I am taking the unusual step of issuing this statement.
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    As you know Operation Weeting – the investigation into phone hacking – commenced on 26 January. I can confirm that on 20 June 2011 the MPS was handed a number of documents by News International, through their barrister, Lord Macdonald QC.
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    Our initial assessment shows that these documents include information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small number of MPS officers.
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    Discussions were held with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) at the time and they are content that this matter should continue to be investigated through Operation Elveden under the direction of DAC Sue Akers, in partnership with our Directorate of Professional Standards.
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    At this time we have not seen any evidence requiring a referral to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) in respect of any senior officer.
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    Whilst I am deeply concerned by recent developments surrounding phone hacking they are a product of the meticulous and thorough work of Operation Weeting, which will continue.
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    Operation Elveden will be equally thorough and robust. Anyone identified of wrongdoing can expect the full weight of disciplinary measures and if appropriate action through the criminal courts.
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    So Deborah Glass who comes from Australia, the deputy chair of the IPCC, becomes more powerful by the day. She seems to be deciding on a lot of matters and speaks for them to the media. The interim chair is a Len Jackson.
    {http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/en/Pages/dg.aspx+ her biog.

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