Posted by: docdenbow | June 16, 2012

Camoron, Brooks, The Leveson Enquiry & Dinsdale Piranha

“The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International was exposed for the first time last night, with the Prime Minister shown to have met Rupert Murdoch’s executives on no fewer than 26 occasions in just over a year since he entered Downing Street.

Rebekah Brooks, who resigned yesterday as chief executive of Mr Murdoch’s Wapping titles over the escalating scandal, is the only person Mr Cameron has invited twice to Chequers, a privilege not extended even to the most senior members of his Cabinet. James Murdoch, News Corp’s chairman in Europe and the man responsible for pushing through the BSkyB bid, was a guest at the Prime Minister’s official country residence eight months ago. And the former NOTW editor Andy Coulson – who was arrested this week in connection with police corruption and phone hacking – was invited by Mr Cameron to spend a private weekend at Chequers as recently as March.

No 10 bowed to pressure over Mr Cameron’s handling of the phone-hacking scandal last night and released details of all his contacts with senior staff at the company since he became Prime Minister. Mr Cameron has held more than twice the number of meetings with Murdoch executives as he has with any other media organisation. There were two “social” meetings between Mr Cameron and Ms Brooks, one of which was also attended by James Murdoch, and in return they invited the Prime Minister to a succession of parties.

Mr Cameron and Ms Brooks, who are neighbours in West Oxfordshire, met over Christmas – including a get-together on Boxing Day – just days after Vince Cable was relieved of responsibility for deciding the fate of News Corp’s BSkyB bid. Downing Street has always refused to discuss what they talked about, but officials insist that the subject of the BSkyB takeover was never raised.”


Well this Doc is not really surprised at “Camoron’s” silence/reticence at the opening of his diary to reveal the true nature of his contacts with News Corp. His dealings have hardly been transparent, and if innocent and based solely on “friendship,” then “Camoron” has shown unbelievable naivety. The sort of naivety that you would usually associate with an idiotic Public Schoolboy and not commensurate for a leader of a country. I don’t think that even Boris would be stupid enough to have drinkies with the boss of News Corp when a takeover was going through, and especially not at Chequers. The fact that cronies and associates and “friends” of “Camoron” could see the inside of of a jail cell if they are found guilty of the charges they are facing would lead without a shadow of doubt to the collapse of the credibility of the Coalition and may take the Tories down the road that the Liberal Democrats are surely heading – oblivion.

And what of Ms Brooks? Ah the fragrant Ms Brooks has done rather well for herself, rising from a non too distinguished in Albert Square in Walford where she was married to Grant Mitchell before a divorce led to the the inevitable sound of the jungle drums followed by the familar sounds of “dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh–duh-duh-duh-duh-dum-dum-dum- …”

Our Rebekah (what an odd spelling) subsequently hooked up with that doyen of the Chipping Norton set the Old Etonian future best mate of “Camoron.” A marriage of convenience and ambition?

As an aside the evasiveness of all of the witnesses in the Leveson enquiry, ie admit nothing claim you’ve “forgotten” put me in mind of this immortal spoof documentary from Monty Python where  Stig O’ Tracy was interviewed about his relationship with the Piranha brothers, East End gangsters.

“Interviewer: I’ve been told Dinsdale Piranha nailed your head to the floor.

Stig: No. Never. He was a smashing bloke. He used to buy his mother flowers and that. He was like a brother to me.

Interviewer: But the police have film of Dinsdale actually nailing your head to the floor.

Stig: (pause) Oh yeah, he did that.

Interviewer: Why?

Stig: Well he had to, didn’t he? I mean there was nothing else he could do, be fair. I had transgressed the unwritten law.

Interviewer: What had you done?

Stig: Er… well he didn’t tell me that, but he gave me his word that it was the case, and that’s good enough for me with old Dinsy. I mean, he didn’t *want* to nail my head to the floor. I had to insist. He wanted to let me off. He’d do anything for you, Dinsdale would.

Interviewer: And you don’t bear him a grudge?

Stig: A grudge! Old Dinsy. He was a real darling.

Interviewer: I understand he also nailed your wife’s head to a coffee table. Isn’t that true Mrs O’ Tracy?

Mrs O’ Tracy: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Stig: Well he did do that, yeah. He was a hard man. Vicious but fair.”

Ciao For Now




  1. A cutting piece of satire. Top banana.

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