Phone Tapping By Hacks: That’s What Scares The Life Out Of Politicians, Bankers And Other Creeps

November 12, 2011

Phone Tapping By Hacks: That’s What Scares The Life Out Of Politicians, Bankers And Other Creeps

R.F.Wilson writes from London: Here we go again: masses of people unable to see the forest behind two trees. As in missing the big picture behind a tiny one. A wave of indignation has swept the Kingdom, if you believe the leftie media that is currently comprising something like 90 per cent of the overall British media after James Murdoch had appeared in front of the Commons Culture, Sport and Media Select Committee, to answer questions about  the practice of phone hacking in the now defunct News of the World. The leftie lot headed by that beacon of impartiality, the BBC, has proclaimed that Murdoch Junior failed to convince MPs that he was unaware of the widespread phone hacking that was going on in his publishing empire. The few voices on the right pointed out that it was his word against... 

Making Money In Austerity Britain: Tips For Con-Artists

November 9, 2011

Making Money In Austerity Britain: Tips For Con-Artists

Ben Delicious writes from London: Imagine you’re a con-artist in Prime Minister David Cameron’s austerity Britain. What sort of business activity would you choose to stay clear of the taxman and still make a healthy profit? No clue? Then why not start a charity and make a lot of money, supposedly helping the poor and the vulnerable, both home and abroad. Charity is big business: you can pay yourself as much money as you want and no one can do anything about it. You can also have an advertising budget worthy of some big corporation, and again no one can prevent you from blowing money on your ads. You can basically run a charity that would exist solely for your own benefit and get away with it, especially if you have some names from the world of business, politics and entertainment as... 

Imagining How Liam Fox Could Have Triggered Another ‘Watergate’

October 17, 2011

Imagining How Liam Fox Could Have Triggered Another ‘Watergate’

Dan Majestic writes from London: Yes, sure, we, the mugs, have been had again. Explain, explain yourself, I hear some of you out there scream. And that is exactly what I’m going to do. We’re all supposed to believe that former Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, was hounded out of office because he made an error of judgement by appointing his mate, Adam Werritty, as his unofficial special advisor, taking him on all his trips abroad and letting him be present at many important meetings. We were also informed that Mr Fox was doing a great job at the Defence Ministry and was highly respected among his colleagues, even though he couldn’t string two sentences together properly, looked like a constipated penguin and was disliked by the military. No, no, we were told, he was fab, Liam was. And let’s... 

Time To Get One Thing Straight: Hacks Should Tap Phones To Nail Scum

September 24, 2011

Time To Get One Thing Straight: Hacks Should Tap Phones To Nail Scum

Adam Lovejoy writes from London: The so-called ‘hacking scandal’ is back in the news again in Britain, when it turned out that Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World (NoW) and a close friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, is suing his old employers, News International, for stopping paying his legal bill. In case you don’t know it, Andy is currently on bail, having been arrested some time ago on charges of knowing about the practice of phone hacking when he was running things at the NoW that has since been closed down – to everyone’s great relief. But every time the name ‘Coulson’ is mentioned now, the phone hacking scandal comes up as well. OK, now that I’ve dealt with the opening part of this story in a calm and reserved manner, I’m switching from first... 

Asking: How Come We Don’t Hear Much About Corruption In Professional Sport?

September 24, 2011

Asking: How Come We Don’t Hear Much About Corruption In Professional Sport?

Ted Obvious writes from Rome: Have you heard the latest news from the world of Italian football? Italian prosecutors are investigating 130 matches, played in different leagues, trying to discover whether they were fixed and who was involved. That’s 130 matches, in case you didn’t grasp the scale of the scandal the first time. Oh yes, and in addition some matches that were played by Italian clubs abroad are also being looked into. So that would probably make it around 150 matches on the whole. The match fixing scandal that’s rocking Italy has all the components to make it really exciting, both for fans and people not particularly interested in football: Mafia connections, illegal betting syndicates, dodgy meetings with football officials, strange outcomes of some of the matches and no... 

Come Into My Parlour Said The Spider To The Fly: Of Spin In Politics

July 19, 2011

Come Into My Parlour Said The Spider To The Fly: Of Spin In Politics

Thomas Mathew writes from London: Given all the spin we have endured during Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s premierships and faced with the current phone tapping scandal that basically represent a case of spin getting out of control, I suppose it’s a good time to actually establish what the term ‘spin’ stands for in politics. It comes from the saying ‘to spin a yarn’, to tell a fanciful story, to trick someone into believing something that does not exist, to lure someone into a trap. As in that nursery rhyme with the spider inviting the fly to drop down into his parlour. A fine example of spin, by the way, is Tony Blair’s memoirs, A Journey, that contains so much spinning in it that this website has produced a parody of it with great ease. (Read part 4 of it here... 

More Pearls Of Wisdom And Witty Comments. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

July 12, 2011

More Pearls Of Wisdom And Witty Comments. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

Today we present more pearls of wisdom and witty observations. From the boys at Stirring Trouble. With the phone hacking scandal in Britain dominating the banter this time. This whole phone hacking scandal proves that the British press is shit at uncovering political corruption. It’s all about celebs and victims of crime. Instead of helping the police with their inquiries for bankrupting the country, Gordon Brown is making himself look like a victim of phone tapping, the creep. Go on Rupert, give us some juicy stuff about Labour and the Tories: We want the lot: off shore bank accounts, kinky sexual practices, who’s spying for the KGB. Publicly funded BBC is run by left-wing loonies and a terrestrial TV channel is owned by a pornographer. So what’s all this fuss about who owns BSKYB? Imagine... 

Reminding Everyone That Journalism Is The Second Most Ancient Profession. After Prostitution

July 10, 2011

Reminding Everyone That Journalism Is The Second Most Ancient Profession. After Prostitution

R.F.Wilson writes from Wapping: Now let me get this straight: all these people in Britain, who are now showing their disgust and dismay and revulsion over the phone hacking allegations against the now defunct News of the World, have had absolutely no idea that journalists use every bloody trick in the book to get their scoops, including tapping phones and paying off government officials and cops and all sorts of other individuals? Are you actually going to tell me that with all this huge demand for juicy revelations about anyone, who fits into the A to Z lists of celebs, the vast majority of people have had absolutely no idea that hacks get up to all sorts of dirty tricks to find out things? If so, then I really need to tell these otherwise fine people that they are thick and that they should... 

How Come This Phone Hacking ‘Scandal’ Misses All The Important Questions?

July 8, 2011

How Come This Phone Hacking ‘Scandal’ Misses All The Important Questions?

Ben Delicious writes from London: This whole phone hacking scandal that has claimed the scalp of the News of the World looks very odd. Everyone seems to be asking all the wrong questions, while ignoring the ones that really matter. Like, for example, how could it have happened that the British media has been concentrating all its efforts on monitoring celebs and a lot of irrelevant people generally, who don’t really matter in the big scheme of things, while failing to scrutinise top politicians, big businessmen and bankers who have been causing all the problems. Consider this: in the past 15 years or so Britain has been ruled by political cliques that didn’t even bother to consult with parliament or even their own parties when taking crucial decisions. They started wars on false pretences,... 

Anthony Weiner Revealed To Have Been Faking His Left-Wing Credentials

June 16, 2011

Anthony Weiner Revealed To Have Been Faking His Left-Wing Credentials

Dan Majestic writes from Washington: The scandal surrounding online sexual exploits of US Congressman Anthony Weiner received a new dramatic twist as it was revealed that he has been faking his left-wing credentials for years and was in relity a hardened right-winger, sending explicit conservative messages to young attractive women on the web. In a disturbing new development several dozen women have come forward, telling anyone who would listen that Mr Weiner has been sending them whole excerpts from Ronald Reagan’s speeches, with hard-core right-wing messages in them. ‘It was absolutely awful,’ one woman, who asked not to be identified, told Stirring Trouble. ‘There I was, expecting to get a sexy photo from Tony showing his stunning body and an erect penis, if I was lucky, but what... 

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