Thursday, August 11, 2011

Slogging Away at Piers Morgan's Porky Pies

The only thing I might disagree with in this article, although I don't claim insider knowledge, (geddit?) it's only what I read elsewhere in passing, is that the £20,000 of Viglen shares that Morgan bought the day before they were tipped in the Mirror, was in fact far more than the admitted to, twenty grand; Morgan even lying about the sum involved.

I will make a prediction though; if Morgan ever finds himself sat before a select committee, he's going to jail for perjury. Because knowing the little I do about the creature, he is going to lie his arse off, because nobody but nobody, especially the invertebrate Piers Morgan, could possibly sit there on the world's stage and tell the truth, not for shame he couldn't. He's damned if he does, and he's damned if he don't.

That said, I have so little faith in the effectiveness of such committees, because, and let me borrow a phrase here; originally intended to be applied to Martin Brunt of the Yard no less, because it is a shiver looking for a spine. And my reasoning for this?

Whereas I don't make a habit of watching Parliamentary committees (drone on) I do recall, and if I'm not mistaken, the same committee, gushing and rushing to see which one of them could be the first to crawl up this fellow's arse as he too perjured himself before said committee of ineffectuals.

And if you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a hint.

Which is but one shining example, others can be found at the Press Intrusion Gallery. Or for a more generalised (my) observation of the press, you might wish to go to the Press Archive. Not forgetting that I hold a special place in my heart for another shitty little rag, Paul Dacre's Daily McMail. Oh, did I mention Lori Campbell in all this?

HACKGATE DAY 198: Does Piers long for those days when he really was The Insider?

Morgan’s narrow escape from insider trading charges is yet another cloud from his dubious past

It occurred to me last night that there are millions of Americans who don’t know anything like as much about Romping Arse Piers Morgan as we unlucky souls over here do. So as The Slog gets 15% of its readership from the US of A, this article is primarily targeted towards those folks. However, there may also be lots of you in the UK who, either through memory loss or being incredibly young, may not know the full story of those clouds forever hanging over Arse Rim Pong.

The irony of the title of Morgan’s first book is that, at one point in 2005, he was very much accused of being an insider. James Hipwell (the man who last week told the Independent that the idea of Morgan having “never knowingly published a story based on phone-hacking” was “inconceivable”) has been made to look ‘dodgy’ as a witness is his former employer’s tweets – the very same Piers Morgan. This is because in 2006, the whistleblower Hipwell was convicted of tipping shares in his Mirror column, while also buying them. (The offences occurred in 2000, for which Hipwell was fired).

As usual, however, Moron’s stance on this is very misleading. And tends to leave his own role in the scandal out.

For when he was Mirror editor, Piers Morgan “encouraged” his City columnists to buy and sell shares themselves, James Hipwell claimed in court at the time. The share tipster said he had been “very open” about his own share dealings and that no one at the paper had ever suggested he was doing anything wrong. Asked under oath whether Mr Morgan knew what he was doing, Mr Hipwell replied: “Yes, he did. I made no secret that was what I did, I was encouraged to do so.” In fact, Hipwell told the jury that his former editor Morgan had used the analogy of someone who had “never been in a car trying to teach someone else to drive” as his rationale for why the paper’s City tipsters should trade in shares themselves.

When the MGN high-ups found out what was going on, Hipwell was given the boot: but as you’d expect of the MGN management, the police were not called in. More grubby stuff then came to light. Morgan was dragged into the scandal because he had bought £20,000 of shares in Viglen, a technology company owned by Sir Alan Sugar, one day before it was tipped by the Hipwell column. His shares doubled in value when the company announced it was moving to set up an internet business. Morgan insisted that this – let’s not beat about the bush here – insider trading – was “a coincidence”. As a defence, it’s right up there with Newscorp phones accidentally going off in pockets 37 times….and then accessing celeb voicemails. But astonishingly, an internal MGN ‘inquiry’ cleared Morgan of any wrong doing.

The Daily Mirror was then quite rightly accused of a harbouring a “cavalier culture” by the Press Complaints Commission, following which CNN host Piers Morgan, upright defender of his innocence against the groundless attacks of lying smearers, was forced to apologise.

What I’d like Piers to do now is tell us all this:

1. If he was innocent, why did he apologise to the PCC?

2. Did he ever contest Hipwell’s evidence? I can’t find anything saying he did: but if he didn’t, why not?

3. How come – as with the now arrested and charged Andy Coulson – everyone saw and heard Piers doing one thing, but he and he alone insists another thing happened…or it’s all made up? He serenaded the Mirror newsroom using facts that could only have come from hacking Paul McCartney’s phone. He was Mirror editor when Amanda Holden was tipped off that her phone was being hacked by the Mirror. He paced up and down the newsroom 24/7, avidly looking at everyone’s activities and stories; hacking was rife at the time, but he didn’t see any of it, and he definitely never used any of it. But on Radio 4 two years ago, he said he did.

Morgan’s encouragement of James Hipwell led to him going to jail. But Piers never lifted a finger to help him, even though (if the allegations was true) he was insider trading more criminally than Hipwell. Somehow, he wriggled away from an insider trading charge….yet now rips Hipwell as ‘a jailbird’.

Such a lovely bloke, eh? You know, sometimes you can pinpoint an arsehole by his actions and statements. And quite often, by the company he keeps. This is Piers with one of his great buddies only a few years back:....more The Slog

H/T Maren


Anonymous said...

"Aspects with the PCC have been helpful in terms of protecting privacy particularly for our twins, which was a major concern for us."

"The event in Praia da Luz had considerable media interest as did many other releases the world over. Sean and Amelie released their balloons shortly after kate and I let go our 50 and we were pleased the media respected our wish for the twins not to be photographed any longer."

What about other people's children, not to mention the 'sightings'.

"I am a decent human being. If I can help them, I will" (Clarence Mitchell)

"How can someone be furious with another person for wanting to help to find the daughter?", said an outraged Mitchell.

Himself said...

Anonymous said...

"Hmmm, is this part of the new world order plan to censor the internet?" (RIT73)

Himself said...

No, it's Antonella Lazzeri quoting Clarence Mitchell in a News Int rag.

''The Sun calls for''

Yeah right!

Nasty old Trolls, pssst don't mention the hackers.

Antonella Lazzeri.

And if that's not enough, you can cross the street of shame and type ''mirror hack'' in the search box when you are finished.

I shall be gone from here about midday.


Himself said...

Sorry Maren, I wasn't ignoring your original point.

I think the bloke deserved a good hiding, I don't no about jail.

Anonymous said...

Like you said before H, there is as much in the comments as in the article.

"If I use my neighbours IP because I hacked his wireless does he go to jail instead of me? Your security "expert" seems to think so." (Zombielvis)


Anonymous said...

"Aspects with the PCC have been helpful in terms of protecting privacy particularly for our twins, which was a major concern for us." - Gerry McCann

May 13,2012

Madeleine’s pink bedroom at the family home in Rothley, Leicestershire, remains “full of gifts from kind people” and is visited by Kate every day.

She said: “Not a day goes by without me saying good morning to her and good night to her.”

The room is still a play haven for the twins. “Sean and Amelie often play in Madeleine’s room. They feel close to their big sister there.

How bizarre. I wonder if the twins’ friends also play in Madeleine’s room, must be an alienated experience.

Well, I suppose, at least the room is not be used as spare bedroom since Kate only says good morning and good night to Madeleine every day.

Again an article about protecting privacy particularly for their twins, which is a major concern for them.

Himself said...

Just more fucking drivel.

By Tracey Kandohia

Same school of journalism as Lazzerri.

Anonymous said...

Martin Hickman

Someone has left this unkind post about @piersmorgan … … Please don't RT.

Himself said...


And for the same reason, lawyers acting for the McCanns, don't like the McCann files and Pam's PJ files.

It's all there to be referenced. (Come judgement day)

Anonymous said...


#madeleine Mrs Hubbard said McCanns had to use all their energy to defend themselves instead of searching for Madeleine.

Can you die from irony.

Himself said...

Not any more it seems.

Will look at some more of your stuff later Chuck. I should be doing jobeens, not poncing about on twitter.

But go to the shops first.

"Poncing about" it might be one for the urban dictionary.