Andy Coulson

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The big hypocrisy behind The Big Society

Big Society

Big Society, Damp Squib?

No matter how many times Cameron relaunches it, the real problem with The Big Society remains, says Currer Ball

Ever since he unveiled it, David Cameron’s Big Society idée fixe hasn’t really taken off. That’s something of an understatement. People just don’t seem interested. Our Prime Minister, who can’t stop talking about it and relaunching and relaunching it, has been left shrugging his shoulders and scratching his head. But there’s an obvious explanation as to why The Big Society’s had such little Continue reading

Lessons that David Cameron must learn from ‘Hackgate’

Baroness Warsi

Warsi: Make her High Commissioner to Pakistan

‘Hackgate’ is David Cameron’s first real crisis of government. The absence of Tories coming out and defending Cameron is suggestive about the Prime Minister’s popularity within his own party. If he’s going to successfully deal with the next disaster to come his way, he needs to schmooze with his backbenchers. And get rid of Baroness Warsi, writes A.P. Schrader.

Like many, I have been totally absorbed by ‘Hackgate’, though frankly one does rather begin to tire of the whole tedious imbroglio Continue reading

Taking The Rap – Who Should Be Apologising For Hackgate?

Brooks and Brown

The News of the World phone hacking scandal is engulfing Downing Street and David Cameron is on the rack. But the alleged phone hacking crimes happened under the Labour government’s watch. We should remember who really is to blame for this mess, says Simon Emmett. 

It not be a popular start, but may I say that I think that “Hackgate” is spiraling out of control, and needs to be reigned in. We need to get a sense of perspective into this. At present the investigation is still centered around the records of the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, and his dealings with the former News Continue reading

George Osborne or David Davis should stab David Cameron in the back

Quick! Now! Stab him!

David Cameron is not the best leader for the Conservative Party or for the country. His friendships with Andy Coulson and Mrs Grant Mitchell are reason enough for us to get rid of him. But he’ll survive the scandal no doubt. This is why we need either of two proper Tories, George Osborne and David Davis, to whet the blade and aim for Cameron’s spleen, writes Ventilator Blues.

When in times of national emergency it is vital that a proper sense of perspective is developed and that national interest is put first. Continue reading

Flogging a Dead Horse: Can we move on from the News of the World Scandal?

Hacked off with Hackgate?

The Hackgate saga goes on and on. Other important news is being buried and it benefits the Left and Murdoch’s media rivals. Ed Miliband now has something to drone on about to the detriment of parliament. Can we move on, please? Asks Luke Graystone.

Another day, another News of the World story. Now it seems that the Murdochs, among others, are to be given a summons to appear before Members of Parliament on Tuesday. This follows yesterdays story that News Corp. would be pulling out of its BSkyB takeover plans. Continue reading

The hypocrisy of Labour over phone-hacking

Blair, Brooks: best of friends?

Ed Miliband has opportunistically seized upon David Cameron’s closeness with the shamed Murdoch empire. Considering the Blair government’s own flirtation with News International this is cant and hypocrisy of the first order, writes Christopher Wheeler. 

Within the last few weeks the British newspaper industry, and more specifically News International, has been found to be a hotbed of immorality and alleged illegality. The Labour Party and their leader Ed Miliband have been seen – by the media and the general public alike – to have been making all the running over the issue of phone hacking. Labour have tried to claim that the scandal shows that Prime Minister David Cameron lacks judgement due to his hiring of an ex-tabloid editor who – it is claimed – was intimately involved in the scandal.
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News of the World: Should we care?

The ladies' netball is more interesting...

The keen eyed amongst you may have noticed that there has been a minor story developing in the media about the behaviour of a certain newspaper. Indeed much space has been given over to a lot of people to vent spleen so, what with this being a comment blog, here goes.

I really really really do not care. Really. I have plumbed the very depths of my interest levels and applied them at full force to the matter at hand and I find myself drifting over to the Ladies World Cup or some arcane rule change in Formula 1 which itself is glacially boring. That particular avenue of enjoyment was curtailed when they changed all the rules and banned overtaking. Continue reading

Don’t blame The News of the World (hear me out)

There’s something a bit mob-like (or NOTW-like) about the outcry against NOTW – when really it’s the politicians who’ve been up to no good, says Currer Ball

I’m no apologist for The News of the World. A rag that markets to man’s state of nature instincts; that dresses up soft porn and celeb goss as ‘courageous investigative journalism’, not gutless, lowest common denominator conformity; that profits from, and relies on, popular ignorance and apathy; that loads our insalubrious obsession with B- and C-celebrity; that revels in rumour about cabinet ministers and their mistresses; that rejoices in misery because misery sells; that stalks and phone hacks the rich and famous, and dead children and dead children’s parents. Continue reading

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