The Plastic Hippo

June 12, 2012

Yes Prime Minister

Filed under: Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 10:42 pm

Serving politicians are not noted for their acknowledgement of actual facts when having a pop at anything that takes their fancy. Retired politicians, however, in the comfort of lecture tours and memoirs, can afford to be more accurate and truthful, especially when their reputation is at stake.

Former Prime Minister and son of the manse Gordon Brown swore an oath on the bible to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the Leveson Inquiry. When in office, both as Chancellor and as PM, Gordon had a reputation of being rather grumpy. The evidence he gave at Court 73 might explain why the irascible old curmudgeon chewed so many wasps. Being photographed, head down, eyes closed in prayer at a memorial service was interpreted by the Sun as unforgivable disrespect to fallen heroes. The Sun said that he was asleep. Seeing the medical condition of his infant son splashed across that vile tabloid would be enough to make any parent lob a mobile phone at the wall. Apart from some considerable prevarication regarding the actions of his spin doctors in briefing against Blair and Alistair Darling, Brown gave a good account of himself and, more importantly, implied that Rupert Murdoch lied under oath.

Former Prime Minister and a straight bat at cricket John Major swore an oath on the bible to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the Leveson Inquiry. When in office, both as Chancellor and as PM, John had a reputation of being rather dull. Major had as many tales of misrepresentation and vilification at the hands of the Murdoch press as Brown had and gave an equally good account of himself. More importantly, he implied that Rupert Murdoch lied under oath.

Apologists and cheer leaders for News International tore into Brown on Monday and replicated the bile and invective of 2009 accusing Gordon of lying. On Tuesday, they stayed strangely silent and did not replicate the bile and invective of 1997. One can only imagine the logic overload causing pea brains to explode when faced with actual evidence.

In April, Rupert Murdoch swore an oath on the bible to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the Leveson Inquiry. That is one crossed Rubicon that beggars belief given the veracity of the people he employs. Andy and Rebekah and a host of News International hacks have imminent appointments with the beak and, when Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings, Rupert and his idiot son might find themselves back in the High Court to answer charges of perjury.

Cameron is up on Thursday but before that we have Jeremy Hunt in the commons. Clegg and his bunch of whores will abstain in an act of political cowardice that might please Vince Cable but is, in fact, a further grovel to the Murdoch Empire.

In his New York penthouse, Rupert will be smiling. Even in disgrace, he still has the power to bring down a British government.


  1. The full story of all this is yet to be played out. We know Cameron on the Commons said one thing about Coulson and Coulson in Leveson said another.

    I believe Jay and Leveson have been rather soft on all politicians and particularly fawning towards Blair.

    this whole case is about power and influence and the reach of it and still we have so many unanswered questions.

    Comment by ianrobo — June 12, 2012 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  2. As always, a super blog.

    The Dark Lord and the Truth have always been miles apart, although Blair, as the Godfather, almost bridged the gap.

    Major, despite his surprisingly well-polished but dull personae, is a good Smethwick lad, who will, eventually, always call ‘bastards’ ‘bastards’. How the Tories must miss him.

    Brown was clearly upset by being called to account for at least some of his actions, but so he should be. His blustering, emotional and fundamentally charmless performance will only serve to encourage Murdoch and his attack dogs. I look forward, with no joy whatsoever, to the next revelations.

    Lets face it, Prime Ministers come and go, but Rupert and his offspring will last forever. The Snakes will abstain the Commons vote on Hunt so as to ensure a Government win. Public figures will continue be called to acccount but not seriously challenged, the NI empire will continue to pretend that nothing is wrong with their practices and I will grow older, wiser and poorer.

    ps I am surprised that you missed out the pyjama party involving Rebeka Brookes and the lovely Sarah. It could have added a whole new dimension to the notion of pillow talk, particularly as Sarah is such a forgiving woman. The mind simply boggles!!

    Regrettably, this facet of her character was lost on me during many meetings with her prior to her elevation to the Cause and to her marriage. She had a heart of pure formica.

    Comment by The Realist — June 13, 2012 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

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