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Today’s theatrics will soon be overshadowed by Leveson

8 May 2012

9:22 PM

8 May 2012

9:22 PM

Today’s Cameron-Clegg event was meant to be very different from
the one in the Downing Street garden two years ago: grittier, more real. Watching it, one was struck by the fact that the two leaders still seem comfortable in each other’s company. The
dynamics between them are better than those between Blair and Brown two years in. But, thanks to the compromises of coalition, they lack a compelling growth message for the here and now — as
opposed to the long term — at the moment.

One of their other problems is that coalition makes everyone focus that much more on the political process. The ears of every journalist pricked up when Cameron said that Lords reform was a
perfectly sensible thing for the Commons ‘to consider’; which rather suggests that the Lords will survive this attempt at reform as it has every other one for the past 100 years.

Ultimately, though, as even those in Downing Street recognise, today’s re-launch won’t dominate the headlines for long. Everyone suspects that the appearances of Andy Coulson and
Rebekah Brooks at Leveson later this week will end up crowding out the message of both today and the Queen’s speech.

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  • 2trueblue

    Tom Tom, The Times was probably bought during the Thatcher years, hardly comparable with the stuff we are now investigating. Get a grip and check it out.

  • trevor21

    @ Russell. There you go again,attributing things to me that have no substance. Blair and Brown are no ‘friends’ of mine. Just for the record let me make this quite clear,I consider those two the lowest form of liars and con-men ever. They destroyed the integrity of the Labour Party so,no,they are definitely no friends of mine.

  • EC


    Now, now dear boy. I’m sure that any similarity in your proliferating poetical posts and the Vogonocity of some of “Fergus’ ” recent efforts is purely coincidental. In fact, your efforts have been arguably better. The reason may well only be that you’ve got a dose of – la fièvre du printemps rouge – 1968 and all that.

    [They didn’t discover Nicholas’ tunnel under the theatre until it was too late. I had already left from the top turret in a glider constructed from the cardboard inners of toilet rolls.]

  • Nicholas

    I only post under my own name, my real Christian name. I don’t see the point of any other subterfuge.

  • telemachus’

    EC congratulations-your assumptions would do Nicholas proud.
    I fact are you Nicholas?
    Perhaps you were rumbled and Peter sent his monicer from the wall.

  • TomTom

    “Remember who was in government when the whole business started? “

    So true…Margaret Thatcher 1981…..Yes Rupert you can buy The Times and Sunday Times……Yes Mr Al-Fayed, you want Harrods……

  • EC


    Your bulletins have taken on an almost poetical quality of late. Your various attempts to impersonate Fergus have obviously had subliminal, maybe permanent, affect on you!

    But do exercise caution though, tele’ ! Remember that guy in “Colditz” (BBC) who got the Germans to send him back to Blighty by pretending to be mad, but by the time he arrived he was in fact, bonkers. With every impersonation you are slowly becoming Fergus!

    Your “Boudicca” still needs much more work though, old bean.

  • 2trueblue

    What Cameron does will be reported to us by The Biased Broadcasting Corporation, which we all pay for and what you see, hear, etc., will what the media want you to see and hear. That is one reason why the Levenson circus in meaningless. Remember who was in government when the whole business started? People need reminding that this is the Blair/Brown mess we are trying to clear up.

  • Nicholas

    “We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it has abused and eroded fundamental human freedoms and historic civil liberties. We need to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness.
    We will implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties and roll back state intrusion.”

    So, what do we get in the Queen’s Speech?

    A proposal for a centralised British Stasi. The resurrection of the New Labour demand to extend pre-trial detention to 28 days. The internet surveillance bill where everyone becomes a potential suspect.

    And the usual suspects, the empire builders and ideologues within the growing police state, are shrieking about paedophiles and terrorists to justify it all.

  • Louisa

    Agree with Vulture – those two are SO transparent and anyone who can’t see it deserves to be taken in. As for that horrible cloying expression “comfortable in each other’s company” – journalism at its laziest suffocating worst.

  • DavidDP

    I spent the weekend with a group of people not really into politics.

    The word “Leveson” was mentioned all of zero times. The economy on the other hand…..

    It’s hard not to conclude that Leveson is a case of naval gazing not really of interest outside of the political and media classes.

  • Russell

    You do realise that your hero Brown (and Blair)will be attending to explain his relationship with Murdoch (Godfathers, pyjama party, sleep overs plus many, many meetings), and a number of other Labour Ministers.
    All the lies Brown told and has since told will now have to be on oath, if they were lies.
    I would say most people would rather watch paint dry than this circus. It keeps hacks in business and fills tv time, but most people have better things to do.

  • telemachus’

    You I see have escaped from the looking glass world.
    Like the underworld they try to claw you back.
    “What hint Nicholas? I am not sure why you would want to leave again? I can’t see anything in the thread that could be considered an obvious cause?”
    Welcome to the real world of reasonableness.


    We will see the death throes of the coalition.
    The Lords and Gays will make it.
    Davis and Redwood will screw it.
    And we will come a step closer to the Hollande march to growth

  • John Jefferson Burns

    The Westminster village looks at the Coulson and Brooks appearances in terms of tarnishing the Prime Minister.
    The wider world see it as a chance that revelations will come out that will finally free News Corps from Murdoch.

  • TomTom

    Life in Regency England continues and the Subject People continue to plot Revolution

  • Vulture

    PR has taken over. Illusion hs replaced reality. Everythign about this event – the location, the tie colours, the matching co-ordination of the workers’ clothes – Dave’s careful discarding of his jacket – was faked for the tV cameras.

    These two clowns take us for fools. And because we contiunue to vote for theim or their fellow faker Geeky Miliband, who’s to say that they’re wrong?

    This country deserves its fate.

  • Radford NG

    Nothing new,or mid-term,about recent election results.The same thing happened last year(2011)where local elections were held.Lib-Dem lost their seats and Conservatives did badly.Nobody up top chose to notice or take warning.

  • trevor21

    @Russell,Please don’t speak for me when you say that 99.99% of the British people don’t give a fig about Levenson,I for one am absolutely loving ever second,watching the elite squirming as they tie themselves in knot’s of lies. As a Socialist I couldn’t have wished for a better pustulating open wound right at the putrid heart of this wicked junta.Plus inflicting a,hopefully,deadly amount of damage on Murdoch….lovely.

  • Trapped

    @ Russell

    Somehow I doubt you can assure that people don’t give a fig. Maybe you don’t, but I know quite a few who are quietly enjoying the spectacle. Watching Hunt squirm was well worth it, bring on more drama please!

  • Seasurfer1

    Or is it an obsession with same sex Marriage before a nasty Divorce! A double Sin in the eyes of the Church.

    But do not worry the State will provide!

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Those two would be better employed in Selfridges windows. Either modelling stuff or decking them out.

  • daniel maris

    Much of the Leveson inquiry has passed teh public by but they will tune in when we are talking about e mails between DC and the woman they call “the flame haired temptress”.

  • Russell

    “Everyone suspects that the appearances of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks at Leveson later this week will end up crowding out the message of both today and the Queen’s speech”

    Maybe every journalist may, but I can assure you that 99.99% of the UK public don’t give a fig about this expensive exercise in paying celebreties and lawyers £millions(taxpayers money that is).

  • Cynic

    Watching it, one was struck by the fact that the two leaders still seem comfortable in each other’s company.” Why should they not be, they are both left-leaning? There would only be friction if Cameron were a Conservative.

  • telemachus’

    Cameron and Clegg
    Blair and Brown
    Coulson and Brooks
    Ant and Dec
    Morecame and Wise

    Bring me sunshine?

    But no -you want

    Hollande and Tsipras.

  • toco

    Are any of the BBC’s hacks paid through limited companies?

  • strapworld

    Roll on Thursday….Cameron out be September. One can only hope.

  • glenlivetguy

    Heaven help us if it does , but if so it shows the utter stupidty of the media in their priorities, especially the BBC, when we could be on the brink of economic armageddon. The rubbish spouted about austerity when the politicians of all parties both here and in Europe gambled our children and are grandchildren’s economic future in providing services and allowances which could not be afforded and still refuse to trim them back. Instead of reports about a tribunal enquiring about something Joe Bloggs knows has been going on since we had a media, lets have a very full analysis of the financial mess we are in, and realistic views from all sides as to how or if we can get out of it, without riots or total civil breakdown.

  • Nicholas

    “When I use a word” David Cameron said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
    “The question is” said Alice “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
    “The question is” said David Cameron “which is to be master — that’s all.”

    Through the bloody looking glass with a pair of silly, overgrown schoolboys who really do think theatrics count. Facta non verba!

  • Tiberius

    You can only conclude from Cameron’s current demeanour that he has this week’s Leveson covered. If he hasn’t…