DEM not gonna CON dis NATION: Rolling UK politics in the short-lived post-Murdoch era

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his special advisor has just quit.

joe, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

"While it was part of my role to keep News Corporation informed throughout the BSkyB bid process, the content and extent of my contact was done without authorisation from the secretary of state. I do not recognise all of what Fréd Michel said, but nonetheless I appreciate that my activities at times went too far and have, taken together, created the perception that News Corporation had too close a relationship with the department, contrary to the clear requirements set out by Jeremy Hunt and the permanent secretary that this needed to be a fair and scrupulous process. Whilst I firmly believe that the process was in fact conducted scrupulously fairly, as a result of my activities it is only right for me to step down as special adviser to Jeremy Hunt."

"we didn't do anything wrong, which is why i'm resigning."

joe, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Advisor taking one for the team.

we are not bemused (onimo), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hunt's absolute inability to recognise he over-stepped the line is one of many depressing things about this whole saga.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's just par for the course for a hunt like him, it's not even depressing. Still good to see the Murdochs sticking the boot into Hunt and Salmond, two of the smuggest bastards in British politics... just a pity they couldn't have worked Gove and Grant Shapps in there too, oh and this guy...

... not that he's important or anything, just that he's a dick

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

jimmy somerville's in the coalition?

I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

run away, run away, run away

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure Hunt recognises he over-stepped the line really. But doesn't believe in the line. etc.

seapunk run. run punk run! (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

amusing to see all the possible candidates for future tory leader besmirch their careers so thoroughly within two years of their first term in office

I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Back in recession - but the great majority of austerity cuts still to come, and they've hardly made a dent in the deficit.

All pain, no gain.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nah..

Someone's gainin'...

Mark G, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

But Frederic Michel, head of public affairs at News Corp, has said his references to "JH" in emails were actually shorthand for Mr Hunt's special adviser, Mr Smith,......

Mark G, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

hahahaha omg

I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's the lamest excuse I've heard since the John Terry racism thing.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

... talking of lame:

The prime minister said it would be wrong to "pre-judge" the Leveson Inquiry and accused Mr Miliband of not being able to resist "the passing political bandwagon".

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck these guys. guy fawkes attempted to blow dudes up for less.

I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

"But Frederic Michel, head of public affairs at News Corp, has said his references to "JH" in emails were actually shorthand for Mr Hunt's special adviser, Mr Smith,......"

I keep reading that and going "haha no seriously... they didn't try... surely someone... I mean come on... but it's..." to myself then despairing at how this shit is allowed to go on.

There's no chance of Culture Secretary "AS" resigning now he has the full backing of Prime Minister "GO".

we are not bemused (onimo), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

The "JH' email thing is unbelievable, but Hunt's permanent smug expression is what makes the whole thing too much for me.

mmmm, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

if only there were an opposition to make something of all this

I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

amazing

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

if only there were an opposition to make something of all this

― I accidentally sonned your dome (stevie), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:45 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought EdMil was fairly scabrous in the Commons. DCam countered with a lame "you're just trying to make political copital, int yer?"

Mark G, Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

thank fuck nobody in the PLP has got any dodgy ties to Newscorp waiting to come out

seapunk run. run punk run! (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's true, Mark. and he was pretty good on today prog this morning. i just don't have much faith in their ability to make it stick.

Bad Company's Drummer's Daughter (stevie), Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

his point re: hunt as firewall is pretty sharp

Bad Company's Drummer's Daughter (stevie), Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

This drubbing might be the best pretext the Libs have for escaping the coalition, if they're brave enough.

stet, Friday, 4 May 2012 07:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

first election night i can remember where i cdn't even be fucked to stay up and watch results

like Joe Pasquale and Gandhi (Noodle Vague), Friday, 4 May 2012 07:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

So the Tories get a massive kicking and attribute it to being "not right-wing enough"... uh huh

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Friday, 4 May 2012 09:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Might help them shore up their core support. Internal dissent is probably going off the scale at the moment.

It'll be interesting to see how they square that with Boris' inevitable victory in London though.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Friday, 4 May 2012 09:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

so basically they're saying "we need to be more racist"

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Friday, 4 May 2012 09:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cameron's only tolerated by the Tory rump because he's popular and successful. If he stops being popular and successful, and starts losing safe Conservative seats, he has to throw a few bones to the crazy old people who actually make up the bulk of the party. It's going to make them more unpopular with everyone else, which is a good thing.

At the same time, while Cameron's driving to the right, Boris will hold on to a major prize by being a centrist, dividing the traditionalists and reformers even more. It's a recipe for complete disarray.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Friday, 4 May 2012 10:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Tories are *eating* David Cameron...

Mark G, Friday, 4 May 2012 10:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I presume at LibDem HQ they're having a whip-round to buy a Waterstone's voucher for their one remaining voter

DG, Friday, 4 May 2012 11:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

1231: In one Edinburgh ward a Lib Dem candidate has failed to pick up more first preference votes than Professor Pongoo, an independent candidate who dresses in a six-foot penguin costume. And with nine of 58 seats declared in the city, it is clear the Lib Dem vote is down overall.

sktsh, Friday, 4 May 2012 11:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

i <3 penguins and might well vote for one over any candidate

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Friday, 4 May 2012 11:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes but you hate comedy and some sub-Raving Loony guy in a bird suit surely qualifies as "comedy".

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Friday, 4 May 2012 11:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh no i didn't mean him, i meant if an actual real penguin was a candidate

it is really tough to be better than a penguin

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

but then that penguin venturing out into nowhere in 'Encounters at the End of the World' is a pretty good Lib Dems analogy.

danny houellebecq (Merdeyeux), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

is professor pongoo a real professor though?

Rosie 47 (ken c), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

also has anybody stood for Lemon Party yet?

Rosie 47 (ken c), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

"More on the news that UKIP's candidate for Mayor of London, Lawrence Webb, was mistakenly listed on the ballot paper as Fresh Choice for London. It should have read "UKIP: A Fresh Choice for London". A "furious" Nigel Farage has admitted that the fault was at UKIP's end - they forgot to put their party name on the nomination paper."

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

might get more voters without the UKIP name?

Rosie 47 (ken c), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Disappointed they didn't accidentally put "A French Choice For London". That'd really have wound them up.

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

All the literature I'd had through the door had Fresh Choice For London on it, not UKIP, I even laughed that it was a stupid idea because their voters wouldn't be able to find who to vote for, so it's not like the dozy twats didn't have time to notice it before now.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Friday, 4 May 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

:-) xp

Pacific Trash Vortex (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 4 May 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ed Millibong

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

VG

jed_, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

The "previous comment" she made was even worse ("if you don't like it go back to where you came from") to someone with an Asian name.

Alba, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink


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