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Post  Lee Van Queef on Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:49 am

The Boris Bikes look fun. clown

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Post  eddie on Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:00 am

Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef wrote:The Boris Bikes look fun. clown

The system's falling to bits because the bikes are not being properly maintained.

Of course not: that would involve paying Plebs a decent wage for their specialised knowledge of bicycle repair.

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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:06 am

Nash, is Ken campaigning on a "Keep Ticket Offices Open" platform? If so, he'll walk the election.


I don't know, but I would hope so. My local overland station's ticket office is rarely open and the ticket machines are forever breaking down.

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Re: The UK Con-Dem Coalition government

Post  eddie on Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:22 am

Nah Ville Sky Chick wrote:ticket office is rarely open and the ticket machines are forever breaking down.

London Underground attempted to sell their Passenger Operated Ticket Machines to the San Francisco subway system which, quite rightly, wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole: far too many faults.

These machines are simply not robust and reliable enough to be an effective substitute for a Ticket Office window. They were never designed to be, and they are forever breaking down.

Even the technicians who come to repair the bloody things admit that they they're only replacing the defective part with a piece of reconditioned junk which will break down again in the course of the next week or so.

LU Managing Director Mike Brown -whose policy this is- is the same ineffectual twat who made such a balls of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Our lives are run by incompetent, greedy lackwits.


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Post  eddie on Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:44 pm

Query over James Murdoch evidence

July 22, 2011


James Murdoch could be asked to clarify his evidence to MPs this week after it was claimed he was mistaken on one point he addressed

James Murdoch could be asked to clarify his evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, chairman John Whittingdale has said.

His remarks came after claims from two former senior News International staff that the company's chairman had been "mistaken" in Tuesday's hearing, which he attended with his father Rupert.

Mr Murdoch Junior told the committee he was "not aware" of an email suggesting the practice of phone hacking at the News of the World went wider than one rogue reporter.

But in a statement issued on Thursday night, former News of the World editor Colin Myler and ex-News International legal manager Tom Crone said they had informed Mr Murdoch of the email.

Conservative MP Mr Whittingdale said he had not yet seen the statement, but that Mr Murdoch had already agreed to write to the committee on various points he had been unable to immediately address at the hearing.

The MP, who stressed the committee would not be recalled on the matter, said: "I'm sure if the statement suggests there's conflict between what Colin Myler is saying and what he said, we will ask him to answer that as well."

In a statement, James Murdoch later said: "I stand by my statement to the select committee."

The issue hinges on a settlement paid to Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor in 2008, worth a reported £700,000, after he brought a damages claim against the News of the World. At the committee hearing, Tom Watson MP asked James Murdoch: "When you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full Neville e-mail, the transcript of the hacked voicemail messages?"

He replied: "No, I was not aware of that at the time." He went on to say: "There was every reason to settle the case, given the likelihood of losing the case and given the damages - we had received counsel - that would be levied."

In their statement, Mr Myler and Mr Crone said: "Just by way of clarification relating to Tuesday's CMS Select Committee hearing, we would like to point out that James Murdoch's recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken. In fact, we did inform him of the 'for Neville' email which had been produced to us by Gordon Taylor's lawyers."

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Post  eddie on Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:16 am

MP refers Murdoch to Met over email

July 22, 2011


Tom Watson has referred a claim that James Murdoch gave misleading evidence to a Commons committee to Scotland Yard

Claims that James Murdoch knew three years ago that phone hacking at the News of the World was not confined to a single "rogue" reporter have been referred to the police.

Labour MP Tom Watson said he was contacting Scotland Yard after two former senior executives at the paper publicly challenged Mr Murdoch's evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee earlier this week.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Mr Murdoch clearly has "questions to answer in Parliament" following the intervention of former editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Crone.

In his evidence to the committee on Tuesday, Mr Murdoch said he was unaware of an email suggesting hacking at the paper was more widespread when he agreed a reported £700,000 out-of-court settlement with Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, in 2008.

But in a statement on Thursday night, Mr Myler and Mr Crone said Mr Murdoch was "mistaken" and they had informed him of the email, which had been obtained by Mr Taylor's lawyers.

Mr Murdoch, News Corporation's deputy chief operating officer, responded by saying that he stood by his original evidence.

Mr Watson, a member of the committee and a leading critic of the Murdochs, said the police on the Operation Weeting inquiry into phone hacking now need to investigate what happened as a matter of urgency.

"I think this is the most significant moment of two years of investigation into phone hacking," he told the BBC.

He said that if Mr Myler and Mr Crone were correct, Mr Murdoch had "bought the silence" of Mr Taylor. "It shows that he not only failed to report a crime to the police, but because there was a confidentiality clause involved in the settlement, it means that he bought the silence of Gordon Taylor and that could mean that he is facing investigation for perverting the course of justice," he said.

Scotland Yard confirmed that it has received Mr Watson's letter, which is "being considered".

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Post  eddie on Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:59 am

When Rupert Murdoch first introduced tits onto p.3 of The Sun, its rival tabloid The Daily Mirror was eventually obliged to follow suit because it was losing readers. The Daily Mirror's soft porn was more restrained than Murdoch's full-frontals, as it clung desperately to some vestige of journalistic values.

Now it appears that the kind of stories News International was able to obtain by illegal phone hacking might have obliged the Mirror to follow its rival tabloid's trajectory from soft porn into criminality:

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Mirror staff 'also hacked phones'

July 23, 2011


Phone hacking was not confined to the News of the World but was widespread, a former Daily Mirror reporter has claimed

Phone hacking was not confined to the News of the World but was widespread at other newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, a former Mirror reporter has claimed.

James Hipwell, who worked as a financial journalist under the editorship of Piers Morgan, said the practice was "seen as a bit of a wheeze" and offered to give evidence to the public inquiry into hacking ordered by David Cameron.

Hacking also took place at other titles in the newspaper group, including The People, he alleged.

"You know what people around you are doing", he told The Independent. "They would call a celebrity with one phone and when it was answered they would then hang up.

"By that stage the other phone would be into their [the celebrity's] voicemail and they would key in the code, 9999 or 0000. I saw that a lot."

He added: "It was seen as a bit of a wheeze - something that was slightly underhand but something many of them did. What a laugh.

"After they'd hacked into someone's mobile they'd delete the message so another paper couldn't get the story. There was great hilarity about it."

Mr Hipwell said he had chosen to speak out as he was sick of all the "lies".

The death of phone hacking whistleblower Sean Hoare fuelled his decision to talk about what went on, he said, condemning the way the former News of the World journalist had been treated as "disgraceful".

Trinity Mirror said Mr Hipwell's allegations were "totally unsubstantiated". A spokesman added: "Trinity Mirror's position is clear. Our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC (Press Complaints Commission) code of conduct."

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Post  eddie on Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:20 am

Now UK police to probe Murdoch

Martin Cloake



Labour MP Tom Watson is to refer the evidence given by James Murdoch (right) at Tuesday's Parliamentary select committee to the police after two former senior News International executives accused him of misleading MPs. The latest explosive development is highly significant.

The corporation's share price has been steadily recovering since James and his father Rupert appeared before Parliament earlier this week, with stock closing yesterday up 10% from Monday's close, although still 6% below its June close. The latest news could plunge it back into reverse.

Former News International head of legal Tom Crone and former News of the World editor Colin Myler say James Murdoch was "mistaken" when he answered a question from Watson at the hearing about what he knew of the extent of phone hacking at the company.


PFA chief's payout

James Murdoch authorised a £600,000 out-of-court settlement to Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor in April 2008. Watson asked: "When you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full email suggesting hacking was more widespread than had been admitted?"

Murdoch replied: "No, I was not aware of that at the time". But Crone and Myler say they "did inform" him of the email. In a statement issued late yesterday the pair said: "James Murdoch's recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken".

James Murdoch said: "I stand behind my testimony to the select committee." Watson responded by saying: "Either Mr Myler and Mr Crone are lying, or Mr Murdoch has misled Parliament. If so, his position is untenable." The MP said: "This is the most significant moment of two years of investigation into phone hacking."


Expert in libel law

It seems improbable that Crone, an expert in libel law and a renowned figure in media legal circles, would have put his name to such a statement without it being rock solid, so the heat is really on James Murdoch now. And it's evidence that the company may be turning in on itself.

Murdoch implied that the two executives had concealed the contents of the email from him when they persuaded him to sign of the Taylor deal. And much of the Murdochs' defence on Tuesday consisted of them saying they had been 'let down by people we trusted'.

As we reported yesterday, some of News Corps' shareholders are starting, at long last, to ask questions about how the company has been run. Now it seems that the Murdochs' willingness to hand former close colleagues out to dry has caused further splits in the ranks.


Is this the end?

It's possible we're entering the endgame here. For so long, News Corp has been Murdoch. Could it really be possible that now the family will be driven out? With the FBI and now UK police probing the company, shareholders may well take the view that the family are less important than the money.

That raises yet more questions. If the Murdochs go, can News Corp survive? Will the company be so damaged it has to break up? How far is the culture of the company itself called into question? And, most significantly, if the Murdochs go, what kind of a cultural and political force would be left?

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Post  eddie on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:15 am

SkyNews:

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is fighting for his political career as the row over his working relationship with a close friend deepens.

Prime Minister David Cameron will decide his fate tomorrow when he gets the initial findings of an internal investigation.

Dr Fox could lose his job if the inquiry finds his links to Adam Werritty, a former flatmate, breached ministerial guidelines.

A series of allegations have been made over Mr Werritty's unusual involvement in brokering meetings for Dr Fox.

Concern has also been expressed about the access he enjoyed to government despite having no formal role in Parliament or Whitehall.

Last night Dr Fox was forced to explain comments he made earlier about how a meeting in Dubai with a businessman had been arranged after emails appeared to contradict him.

But he also insisted he had nothing to hide and suggested he was the victim of a smear campaign.

He told The Sunday Telegraph: "I have absolutely no fear of complete transparency in these matters. I think there are underlying issues behind these claims and the motivation is deeply suspect."

Further revelations have emerged, however, that cast doubt on previous claims by Dr Fox that Mr Werritty, best man at his wedding, had never attended formal meetings with overseas dignitaries.

According to the Observer, footage has been uncovered that shows Mr Werritty meeting Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa with Dr Fox in a London hotel last year.

The controversy has dominated what should have been a publicity coup for Dr Fox as he made his first visit to Libya to meet the interim government.

During the visit he was asked to respond to claims Mr Werritty arranged the Dubai hotel meeting, away from officials, with him and a private equity company.

The Secretary of State said defence industry representatives asked for the meeting "when they happened to be sitting at a nearby table in a restaurant".

But emails later appeared to confirm that Mr Werritty had been involved in setting the discussions for some time.

The Guardian website published exchanges it said were between the self-styled adviser and Harvey Boulter, chief executive of private equity company Porton Group.

It printed an email dated June 16 at 7.49pm from the Dubai-based business chief inviting Mr Werritty and his "boss" to his home and offering to send a car.

At 9.55am on Friday June 17 Mr Werritty replied saying he would prefer to have the meeting at the Shangri-la hotel on the "41st floor lounge". The 40-minute meeting took place around an hour later.

In a statement spokeswoman for Dr Fox said: "Dr Fox was referring to Mr Werritty, and not himself, bumping into Mr Boulter at a restaurant prior to the meeting on 17 June."

Downing Street insisted Dr Fox had the "full confidence" of the Prime Minister yesterday morning.

But it later revealed Mr Cameron had called on Britain's most senior civil servant, Sir Gus O'Donnell, to speed up the inquiry Dr Fox had initially ordered in an attempt to draw a line under the claims.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Secretary to examine the initial findings of the Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary's review, and report his conclusions to him on Monday."

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy has called on Dr Fox to make an emergency statement to the House of Commons.

He said: "The Secretary of State's version of events appear to be unravelling and he now has even bigger questions to answer."

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Post  eddie on Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:08 am

Defence Secretary Liam Fox resigns
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Liam Fox has resigned from his position as Secretary of State for Defence, following the row about his friend Adam Werritty.


Over the last week pressure has intensified on the minister over the role Werritty had in his official Government work – despite not holding an official position.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Fox admitted he had "mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my government activities to become blurred".

The relationship between Fox and Werritty has been in the spotlight for weeks, with fresh revelations coming almost daily about Werritty’s role in the Defence Secretary’s work.

The most serious allegations are that Werritty, who was best man at Fox’s wedding, acted as an adviser to Fox and had business cards printed describing himself as such, despite not holding an official position in either the Civil Service or the Conservative party.

Other revelations include the fact Werritty had met with Fox during 18 of his overseas ministerial trips and visited the Ministry of Defence on at least 22 occasions since Fox came into office.

This raised serious questions about who was funding Werritty’s lifestyle, given he was not a Ministry of Defence employee.

However, until today Dr Fox had seemed determined to hold on to his position and David Cameron had refused to remove him until the full facts had emerged and been properly considered.

Fox claimed previously that the meetings were the result of their friendship and had not influenced government policy, as such he felt it would be wrong to step down from a position of importance when he didn’t feel he had done anything wrong.

This has now changed, and in a letter to the Prime Minister Fox said: “I have always placed a great deal of importance on accountability and responsibility. As I said in the House of Commons on Monday, I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days. I am very sorry for this.

“I have also repeatedly said that the national interest must always come before personal interest. I now have to hold myself to my own standard. I have therefore decided, with great sadness, to resign from my post as Secretary of State for Defence – a position which I have been immensely proud and honoured to have held.”

The Prime Minister said he was “very sorry” Fox had resigned, adding: “But I understand your reasons.”

Fox – who retained support from many of his colleagues throughout this affair – will return to the Conservative back benches while the Prime Minister decides who will replace him.

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Post  eddie on Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:18 am

Letwin caught dumping government papers in park

By Ian Dunt


The prime minister's chief policy adviser was caught in an embarrassing row this morning after photos emerged of him dumping government papers in the park.

The photos, published by the Mirror, show Oliver Letwin throwing official papers into the public bins.

A spokesman said the documents were "not of a sensitive nature" but the Mirror reported that one contained details of how security forces failed to "get the truth" on British involvement in terror interrogations.

The minister for the Cabinet Office was also accused of dumping letters which contained constituent's private details.

Other papers mentioned David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

In one photo, the West Dorset MP can be seen handing documents to a cleaner holding a bag.

"Oliver Letwin does some of his parliamentary and constituency correspondence in the park before going to work, and sometimes disposes of copies of letters there," a government spokesperson said.

"They are not documents of a sensitive nature," he added.

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Post  eddie on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:19 pm

^^

Do you think it's possible that Werritty was fishing out the government papers Letwin had dumped in the litter bins in the park? Suspect

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Post  eddie on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:24 pm

Fox and Werritty weren't lovers. No way. Quite unthinkable in a pair of right-wing Tory chums. It just couldn't happen. Good pals, is all. Not possible. alien alien

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Post  eddie on Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:06 pm

On the few occasions I attended football matches in my youth- packed, uncomfortable, rather frightening terraces in those days- whenever the home team scored a goal, a chant used to swell up spontaneously from their supporters:

IT's ALL GONE QUIET OVER THERE

Are you still there, Twoody? How are QPR doing?

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Lawyer Attacks Murdoch's Hacking Evidence
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Lawyer Attacks Murdoch's Hacking Evidence

News International's former legal manager has disputed James Murdoch's evidence on phone hacking to MPs - saying the executive chairman knew exactly what was going on at the company.

Tom Crone said Mr Murdoch had been shown a crucial email, which indicated hacking went beyond a single reporter at the News Of The World (NOTW), during a meeting with himself and editor Colin Myler in 2008.

But Mr Murdoch, giving evidence to MPs on Thursday, denied he had seen the so-called 'For Neville' email.

He accused Mr Crone and Mr Myler of "misleading" the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in September when they gave evidence amounting to the exact opposite.

The 'For Neville' email, written in 2005, is said to be a transcript of hacked private information about Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, and appears to have been intended for Neville Thurlbeck, the NOTW's former chief reporter.

Of Mr Myler and Mr Crone's account, the News International chairman said: "I believe their testimony was misleading and I dispute it."

In a statement after the hearing, Mr Crone said: "It is regrettable, but I can perfectly understand why James Murdoch felt the need to discredit Colin Myler and myself.

"The simple truth is that he was told by us in 2008 about the damning email and what it meant in terms of wider News Of The World involvement.

"It seems he now accepts he was told of the email, of the fact that it contained transcripts of voicemail interceptions and that those interceptions were authorised by the News Of The World.

"Perhaps Mr Murdoch could explain who he thought was doing the authorising at the News Of The World?

"At best, his evidence on this matter was disingenuous."

Mr Crone added that he had not misled the committee about the evidence being confined to a "single rogue reporter".

Mr Myler also issued a statement after hearing, saying his evidence to the select committee was "entirely accurate and consistent".

"I stand by my account of the meeting with James Murdoch on June 10, 2008."

He added: "These issues are now the subject of a police investigation and the Leveson judicial inquiry. I have every confidence that they will establish the truth."

However, Mr Thurlbeck - who has been arrested and bailed in connection to the phone-hacking inquiry - told Sky News he believed Mr Murdoch was telling the truth.

"I don't think he (Mr Murdoch) was furnished with the information I gave the News Of The World, and as a result, he is being kept in the dark.

"I don't think he's been necessarily deliberately misled, he just... hasn't been fully informed.

"As a result Mr Murdoch has been operating from a position of weakness for some considerable time."

In an earlier statement, Mr Thurlbeck claimed his innocence over the phone-hacking scandal.

"I was dismissed (from the NOTW) because I was erroneously named by Glenn Mulcaire as a person who had authorised him to hack the phones of an individual, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

"However, he did this in order to protect the real individual on the paper, his very good friend of many years standing.

"As I have said before, the truth will out. My anger is not with News International but with the News Of The World.

"I will fight all the way to the High Court to clear my name."

Mulcaire, a private investigator, and ex-NOTW royal editor Clive Goodman were given jail terms in January 2007 for phone hacking.

During his evidence to MPs, Mr Murdoch also failed to rule out closing down The Sun newspaper, if evidence emerged its staff had also been engaged in phone hacking.

Asked by Labour MP Tom Watson whether he had personally misled the committee in his previous evidence, Mr Murdoch said: "No, I did not."

He added: "I believe this committee was given evidence by individuals either without full possession of the facts, or now it appears in the process of my own discovery... it was economical."

Mr Murdoch suggested he might have been kept in the dark about the extent of hacking at the meeting because he would have ordered that anyone involved be fired.

"I think he (Mr Myler) was worried about raising these issues with me because I would have said get rid of them all and I would have said cut out the cancer," he said.

Mr Watson later suggested News International operated a pact like the Mafia's code of silence known as "omerta", which he defined as "a group of people who are bound together by secrecy, who together pursue their group's business objectives with no regard for the law, using intimidation, corruption and general criminality".

Mr Murdoch said the suggestion was "offensive" and untrue but the MP replied: "You must be the first Mafia boss in history who didn't know he was running a criminal enterprise".

The NI chief also described the company's use of a private detective to spy on lawyers representing phone-hacking victims as "appalling" and "unacceptable" and apologised "unreservedly" to Mr Watson for the fact he was put under surveillance.

Following the hearing, culture committee chairman John Whittingdale said MPs will have to decide who to believe out of Mr Murdoch or Mr Crone and Mr Myler.

"It is plain that the two accounts we've heard, one of them cannot be true," he said.

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:50 pm

Phone Hacking Scandal: Who Has Said What?
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Phone Hacking Scandal: Who Has Said What?

Conflicting accounts of the level of knowledge about phone hacking at the top of the News Of The World and News International have emerged in evidence to the Culture, Media and Select Committee.

Allegations that James Murdoch was made aware of an explosive email back in 2008 which warned hacking was more widespread than a single reporter have become a key area of dispute.

Here is a reminder of Mr Murdoch's evidence and subsequent claims by other figures in the row.

James Murdoch, July 19 2011

:: Says he was not shown evidence that hacking was wider than the company had acknowledged.

:: Denies knowing the full extent of allegations until evidence in civil cases was requested in 2010.

:: Denies he was made aware at a meeting in 2008 of an email suggesting hacking went beyond one "rogue" reporter, Clive Goodman.

Colin Myler, ex-NOTW editor, and Tom Crone, ex-legal chief, September 6 2011

:: Both claim James Murdoch knew about the "For Neville" email, which is said to have contained transcripts of private voicemail messages which showed Gordon Taylor, the head of the Professional Footballers Association, had been hacked.

:: Mr Crone said he knew hacking had gone wider than Goodman and that he had told James Murdoch about the key email in a 15-minute meeting also attended by Mr Myler in 2008.

:: They were both asked if they were certain Mr Murdoch was told about the email as they discussed the terms of settlement for Mr Taylor, who was later given a substantial payout by NI.

Mr Crone said: "I am certain" and Mr Myler said: "I am as certain I can be, yes."

:: Mr Myler said there was "no ambiguity" about the significance of the email during the meeting.

He said: "Mr Murdoch was the chief executive of the company. He's experienced. I am experienced in what I do, Mr Crone is experienced as a legal manager.

"I think everybody perfectly understood the seriousness and the significance of what we were discussing."

Julian Pike, lawyer at Farrer and Co who acted for NI, 19 October 2011

:: Backs up Mr Myler and Mr Crone's account about the 2008 meeting.

:: Said he was copied into a briefing note that Mr Crone gave to Mr Myler about having the meeting and was then phoned afterwards by Mr Myler to say they wanted to wait until they had advice from head counsel.

The briefing note said: "The evidence in particular the email from the News Of The World is fatal to our case. Our position is very perilous. The damning email is genuine and proves we actively made use of a large number of private voicemails."

:: Mr Pike also told the committee there was another meeting, although Mr Myler said he could not recall that separate discussion.

:: He said the legal advice given at the time was clear. "The advice given in 2008 was firstly that you had three journalists other than Goodman involved in phone hacking, secondly that News Group are going to have to meet liability in relation to Taylor and thirdly they were also advised by counsel and ourselves that there was a powerful case to support a culture of illegal accessing of information in order to get stories. That is what we advised."

:: Asked if James Murdoch has recalled events wrongly, Mr Pike said: "I think so, yes.

James Murdoch's response to the later evidence

:: Insists he stands by his testimony about the meeting regarding Mr Taylor's settlement.

:: Said in a statement: "My recollection of the meeting regarding the Gordon Taylor settlement is absolutely clear and consistent.

"Neither Mr Myler nor Mr Crone told me that wrongdoing extended beyond Mr Goodman or Mr Mulcaire.

"As I said in my testimony, there was nothing discussed in the meeting that led me to believe that a further investigation was necessary."

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:56 pm

Journalist at Murdoch's Sun arrested - sources
By Mark Hosenball

Reuters – Fri, Nov 4, 2011


The News Corporation building is seen in New York

LONDON (Reuters) - A journalist at Rupert Murdoch's daily British tabloid The Sun was arrested on Friday by police investigating alleged payments to police, an inquiry which stemmed from the phone hacking scandal, two sources close to the company said.

A spokesman for News International, the UK newspaper arm of News Corp, said "a News International employee has been arrested by police and the company is cooperating fully with the investigation."

Scotland Yard had said earlier that a 48-year-old man was arrested in connection with allegations of corruption as part of Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police.

News Corp has admitted liability in a wider phone hacking scandal at its now defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid but has said there was no evidence that illegality spread to other titles.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball)

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:02 pm


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell's view of the Con-Dem government.

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:05 pm


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell's view of UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:11 pm


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell's view of James Murdoch.

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:28 pm

UK Home Secretary Teresa May has attempted to shuffle off her balls-up over relaxing immigration controls on terrorists and other illegals onto a Civil Service scapegoat. Prime Minister David Cameron has given his Home Secretary his "full support".


Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell.

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Post  eddie on Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:10 am

Mrs Cameron's diary

Why all the fuss about our new bathroom? God knows we had to get rid of Cherie's double bidet

As seen by Catherine Bennett
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 9 November 2011 21.29 GMT

Well God knows who sneaked to Watson about the bathroom, because Foxy never went near it, we always said there was asbestos and would he and Werritty mind dreadfully using the nanny's a couple of flights up, and Dave definitely told Cable we had to get rid of Cherie's double bidet for health and safety, as if we were ever going to let Anna or Mummy or maybe a president or something, see her hideous matching suite, I mean Ferguson has dated it to 1998, so not even pre-vintage vintage, it is just so meh and wrong in so many ways. And really WTF does it matter if we care enough about Britain punching above its weight to put in a French limestone floor plus a walk-in rainshower plus a dressing space/retreat with these divine cashmere curtains in a kind of buttermilky white? I'm like, excuse me people who want me to feel bathroom guilt, aren't you lucky we even live there? Has anyone noticed little Kate Middleton, as in total pre-removal-van-makeover?


Mrs Cameron's Diary
by Catherine Bennett

Everyone says I am seriously the only person they have ever met who has moved straight into a house with a used kitchen and loos, except for the poor Goveys of course, and even they got John Lewis to donate some new seats. And Frances would not get out of the car until Oik had redefined the living space, she still won't use the sitting room until he sources a decent log bin.

So normally Dave would be totally, unleash the dogs of Hilto but Hilto says we have to close Watson down in case another Labour sadsack decides it is a story that we are behaving like every single middle-class family in London, ie, improving the property with a simple, two-storey Notting Hill-style basement – basic pool, spa, cinema, wine cellar, etc. Which is so unfair, but Dave is like, don't worry babes, remember the Cabinet War Rooms which tbh I have not actually visited but apparently Churchill created this amaze underground kind of chilling area, full-on austerity chic and Dave says afterwards everyone was like fine, respect, Churchill you genius etc, and our basement is going to be way bigger than his.

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Post  eddie on Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:59 pm

Autumn statement 2011: George Osborne is obsessed with the 1%

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James Andrews, 15:29, Tuesday 29 November 2011



Subliminal messaging has been around for a while, and never better demonstrated than by illusionist Derren Brown. He's shown again and again how by planting messages in the background when people aren't paying attention, they pop straight to the front of your mind when you least expect them to.

And for the last few months chancellor George Osborne has been spending time in the City, looking at papers and seeing news coverage where anti-capitalist protestors have railed against "the 1%". These people, "Occupy" protestors assert, suck up all the wealth and have got off scot-free while "the 99%" paid for their mistakes.

Well, the message seems to have got through, after a fashion. In his autumn Budget statement George Osborne mentioned "1%" or a variant of it 11 times — including six times in just 100 words at one point.

Unfortunately, while the number seems lodged in the chancellor's brain while he was writing the speech, the message seems not to have.

The 1% according to the chancellor

One per cent is not being applied to the super-rich. It's being applied to everyone else.

One per cent is the biggest pay rise public sector workers can expect for the next four years. And that comes after two years of pay freezes. At a time prices are soaring by 5% a year.

One percentage point is how much less interest businesses will pay on loans thanks to a £20 billion scheme to help them get money from banks. By protecting these banks against the chance of losses.

One per cent is the amount — on top of inflation — that train fares, Tube fares and bus fares will rise in the future. This was hailed as a victory for hard-pressed commuters.

Instead of the earnings of the richest people in Britain, the 1% the chancellor seemed to care the most about was the interest the UK pays on its debt.

The 1% Osborne wanted to talk about

Last April it cost Italy less to borrow money than the UK. Today it costs the UK less than 2.5% while it costs Italy 7.2%. And that's what Osborne wants people to think about.

"Just a 1% rise in our market interest rates would add £10 billion to mortgage bills every year," he told Parliament.

"One per cent would mean the average family with a mortgage would have to pay £1,000 more.

"One per cent would increase the cost of business loans by £7 billion.

"One per cent would force taxpayers to find an extra £21 billion in debt interest payments, much of it going to our foreign creditors.

"In other words, 1% dwarfs any extra government spending or tax cut funded by borrowing that people propose today.

"And that's the cost of just a 1% rise."

By clamping down on spending, we can avoid this dangerous 1% - he assures us. That 1% means we can't spend more than we do or cut taxes more than a tiny little bit here and there.

It's the 1% that his entire economic philosophy is seemingly founded on.

The 1% Osborne doesn't want anyone thinking about

But there's another 1% that was missing from the report, skated over as rapidly as possible. Growth.

In March the independent Office for Budget Responsibility said the economy would grow 1.7% this year. Now Britain is expected to grow by 0.9%. Less than 1%.

In March the UK economy was expected to grow by 2.5% in 2012 - now it's expected to grow by just 0.7%. Less than 1%.

And without returning to growth, increasing jobs and seeing wages rise again, we won't ever get out of this mess.

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Post  eddie on Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:05 pm

Fact is, the austerity measures aren't working because they stifle economic growth. Labour warned of a double-dip recession at the last election if you cut too hard too fast- and that's just what's happening.

We're all fucked for the next 10 years.

Our lives are run by imbeciles.

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Post  eddie on Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:42 pm

Here's one:
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Jeremy Clarkson Calls For Strikers To Be Shot
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Jeremy Clarkson Calls For Strikers To Be Shot



The BBC has been forced to apologise after Jeremy Clarkson said he would like to see striking public sector workers "shot" in front of their families.

The Top Gear presenter made his comments on BBC's The One Show on the evening
of Britain's biggest public sector strikes in 30 years.

He said of the strikers: "I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.

"I mean, how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living."

Clarkson's comments caused an immediate uproar on Twitter, with hundreds joining the backlash.


Chat show host Piers Morgan tweeted: "Clarkson can abuse - and hit (weakly..) - me all he likes. But what he said about the strikers just proves he's a nasty little twerp."

Author Tony Parsons tweeted: "Jeremy Clarkson has misjudged the moment. Criticising striking public sector workers today is like sieg-heiling at Last Night of the Proms."

KateakaMrsO tweeted: "First time I have ever complained about a programme, as I usually think people can use off button but Jeremy Clarkson a disgrace."

A BBC spokesman said The One Show made an on-air apology at the end of the show to "viewers who may have been offended by Jeremy Clarkson's comments".

Jon Trickett , Labour's shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "No one wants these strikes but most of today's strikers are mums, not militants.

"Clarkson should apologise. And the Prime Minister should make clear he disassociates himself from the distasteful remarks uttered by one of his friends."

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