Dubbed McPravda by its detractors, The National was launched a year ago this month to capitalise on the wave of nationalist sentiment unleashed by the Scottish independence referendum.
The news that Soho haunt the Gay Hussar was to close had many of the liberal establishment choking on their goulash soup. But a vanguard of troublemakers have raised hopes of saving the restaurant — with a fiendish lefty plot worthy of one of its secluded private dining rooms. A group including Murdoch bête noir Tom […]
With Tom Watson quitting the shadow cabinet this afternoon, his resignation letter to Ed Miliband ends … “And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.” Ironically, the Tories may now have more to fear with Watson released onto the backbenches.
It’s a big day for the UK blogosphere. With the government tabling botched legislation which drags bloggers and small publishers into a regulation system which was designed for media corporations, 3pm is the deadline for the proposals to be amended or withdrawn. Here is what Tom Watson told LabourList earlier: “It is clear to all […]
After Tom Watson’s bombshell question on a paedophile ring allegedly linked to Number 10 at PMQs today (full text), speculation is rife that the intervention may have been prompted by claims published in a Sunday newspaper regarding Sir Peter Morrison. Morrison was one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies, being one of the first backbench MPs […]
Tom Watson has used parliamentary privilege to refer to a paedophile ring linked to a previous British prime minister: “The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. One of its members boasts of its links to a senior aide of a former Prime minister […]
This morning saw Political Scrapbook raised at the Leveson Inquiry, with Tom Watson forced to deny he was part of the “management” of this website — a ridiculous notion to anyone with knowledge of the UK blogosphere. The questions asked by Robert Jay QC were put to the inquiry by a core participant — an individual accorded special […]
News this morning that Adam Smith, the special advisor at the centre of Huntgate (watch your spoonerisms there), will be appearing at the Leveson Inquiry next Thursday afternoon. He will take the stand immediately after News Corporation Europe’s former public affairs boss Frederic Michel, whose communications with Jeremy Hunt’s office hold the key to the […]
The fallout from the CMS Committee’s report into phone hacking continued this morning, with private committee discussion spilling out on to Twitter after Louise Mensch revealed details of MPs deliberations on this morning’s Today Programme. In acrimonious exchanges, it was revealed that Mensch had withdrawn an amendment critical of James Murdoch, while Watson seemed to imply that […]
Today sees the publication of Tom Watson and Martin Hickman’s book Dial M for Murdoch, which seems full to the brim with secrets of the darker side of News International. Among the biggest news so far is that Rebekah Brooks’ office was bugged by the Murdoch empire. Other revelations include: Neville Thurlbeck told Watson that […]