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Murdoch press gloat about shopping their sources

Issue No. 2450

The Murdoch press took time out from calling migrants cockroaches to gloat over the collapse of a number of trials of journalists.

The Crown Prosecution Service is scrapping most of the planned trials involving journalists accused of payments to public officials.

The Sun newspaper reaction to this latest development in the Operation Elveden saga was a front page splash shrieking “CROWN PERSECUTION SERVICE”.

Managing editor Stig Abell tweeted the headline, and dutifully tweeted  “48-0” as a scoreline. 

If the sources prosecuted were included, the zero would have to be replaced by the number 27.

Readers with short memories may have forgotten the Murdoch press’ condemnation of the                

Police’s use of the Regulation Of Investigative Powers Act (RIPA). 

That saw phone providers ordered to give details of people who had been communicating with the Sun. 

Journalists were rightly outraged that sources were being exposed and pursued. 

Troublemaker readers may not have much truck with the screws and coppers who were handing over the info to the hacks.

But such is the absence of self-awareness that the shopping, prosecution and conviction of more than two dozen of those sources is unworthy of comment by the Murdoch press. 

It is as if the people who the Sun persuaded to part with information in exchange for cash don’t exist.

The bribing of officials didn’t all happen a long time ago. Some of them were in 2012. 

That is over six months after the News of the World newspaper shut down.And during the middle of the Leveson inquiry.


Siri, the irritating “personal assistant” available on Apple products, has caused offence with an apparently homophobic comment.

The Russian language version of the app was asked how to register a same-sex wedding. It replied, “You are using obscenities.”

In 2011, the assistant declined to offer information on abortion clinics.


Keeping promises in the manifesto

Troublemaker would like to congratulate the Tories.

In a rare occurance the posho party has fulfilled a manifesto promise.

In fact they have gone so far as to pledge something they have already accomplished.

The Tory election manifesto promised to “upgrade the A11”—something the party can safely claim to have done already.

The final dualled stretch of the route was opened less than five months ago by Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary.

Prime Minister David Cameron wrote an article for the local newspaper celebrating the achievement.


Voters walked out on David Cameron as the flustered leader tried to defend cuts.

His attempts to win over mobile phone workers with a Q&A session backfired when they subjected him to a 42-minute grilling.

Cameron saw up to 30 of the 200-strong audience walk out on his appearance at O2’s offices in Leeds.


Tory warning—be afraid of Scotland

The general election campaign has thrown up a surprising fact—ordinary people quite like left wing policies. So the Scottish National Party (SNP) has been attacked for “luring” voters with such policies.

The Times newspaper included some of these under the heading, “SNP entices the English” this week. Policies included moves to block Tory welfare cuts, cutting tuition fees and support for recognising a Palestinian state.


he panic over the Scottish National Party (SNP) is reaching fever pitch. Cameron claimed an SNP win was a “frightening prospect”. Apparently people would be thinking, “Is that bypass going to get built? Will my hospital get the money it needs?”

Because of course fears about services not being funded never come up under the Tories.

Cameron went on, “Would these people care at all about what happens in my life? The answer is no.”

Troublemaker would like to point out that this lack of concern for Cameron may not be limited to the SNP.


The IMF is worried about your debts

People in Britain have more debt than those in many other major developed countries according to the International Monetary Fund.

It’s Global Financial Stability Report, no pun intended, said the debt was fuelled by high house prices.

The state of Britain’s debt was compared with that of Portugal—which sought emergency funding during the economic crisis.

Meanwhile MoneySuperMarket.com has predicted that 13 million people in Britain will see their debt increase this year.


ALL RISE

775

Lib Dem membership rose by 775 this year to 45,000. That’s 20,000 fewer new members than the party won in 2010. Although it does beg the question—who on earth are the 775 that were persuaded to join the Lib Dems?


Rent a quote Tory doesn’t provide quote

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke is a man of opinions. On any day he is usually available to share his views on the media. On litter, immigration, Ukip, the BBC, Labour’s mugs, Ed Miliband’s debate notes, grammar—you name it. 

But then last week there was silence. 

Nothing on David Cameron’s right-to-sell housing plans. Instead an organisation called Million Homes, Million Lives was quoted in the Tory press release. 

Oddly, it didn’t mention the outfit is run by Natalie Elphicke, Charlie’s wife.


The Things They Say...

‘Erm. I do know them. I need to check’

Labour candidate Ruth Cadbury’s response when asked what the party’s key policies are

‘Blowing billions on vanity projects such as school meals’

The Daily Mail finds a bizarre reason to attack the Lib Dems

‘It’s still a magnet for weirdos and extremists’

The Sun on why it can’t back Ukip

‘Could this surge of nationalism mean Scotland is in danger of becoming another North Korea?’

Janet Street-Porter worries about SNP growth

‘We haven’t been able to win an election for 23 years’

Ken Clarke whines about the state of the Tory party

‘Men and women do have different brains’

Chess commentator Nigel Short justifies his claim that women are “hard-wired” to be bad at chess


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The Troublemaker
Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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