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Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

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Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

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Gordon Brown has launched an all-out attack on News International accusing it of using "disgusting" methods to gain access to personal information.
The former prime minister also alleged the newspaper giant had links to the "criminal underworld".
And he accused The Sunday Times of gaining access to his personal bank and legal files when he was chancellor.
News International said it would investigate Mr Brown' s allegations and wanted to see all the information.
Mr Brown remained silent about alleged abuses of media power during his time in office - but he has been prompted to speak out by fresh claims in The Guardian that he had been targeted by News International newspapers.
'Incredibly upset'
In an interview with BBC News, the Labour MP said he was "in tears" when he was told that the Sun had details of his son Fraser's medical condition - he has cystic fibrosis - as he had wanted the information to be kept private.

More here..http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14119225
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Re: Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

I think "pot and kettle" is the only reply Brown deserves.
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The incompetent bad tempered vindictive fool may have left each British household with £78,000 of public debt, but his family still deserve a private life. The news media has overstepped the bounds of decency need to be reined in.
I personally know someone who worked for a firm targeted by the Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard reporters when they were chasing a David Blunkett story. The result was that backers withdrew funding from the company and 20 people lost their jobs just before Christmas. David Blunkett was cleared in a subsequent enquiry; strangely the DM & ES failed to mention that in their pages.
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Re: Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

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The incompetent bad tempered vindictive fool may have left each British household with £78,000 of public debt, but his family still deserve a private life.
Yes I completely agree and you put It so elegantly Smiley
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As does every family but there's not much chance of that when governments and coucils misuse various legislation to spy on people without any legitimate cause.
Like I said pot and kettle.
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the man had an opportunity to do something about it at the time and when he was in office.  that he didn't can be misinterpreted any way one cares.
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Clown Brown attended parliament for only the second time today since he was thrown out of power.  I could not believe what I was hearing.  He blamed everyone but himself for the NI saga. 
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The incompetent bad tempered vindictive fool may have left each British household with £78,000 of public debt, but his family still deserve a private life. The news media has overstepped the bounds of decency need to be reined in.

Very well put AlaricAdair.  Not only the most disastrous chancellor but the worst post-war prime minister.
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The Cabinet Office says it will consult Gordon Brown about whether the advice to him on whether there should be an inquiry into the press during his time in office should be released.
A spokeswoman said the advice fell "under the protocols for papers of a previous administration".
She said Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell "will therefore consult urgently with the former prime minister on whether this advice should be released".
The Cabinet Office says the decision on whether or not to hold an inquiry is ultimately up to David Cameron and is not in the power of the civil service or cabinet secretary.
In his speech, Mr Brown said he wanted to secure a judicial inquiry into News International but faced resistance from the police, Home Office and Cabinet Office.
He was rejecting Conservative accusations that he had failed to act on press standards when he was prime minister.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8635107/Spare-us-Gordon-Brown.-You-sacrificed-y...
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For Gordon Brown to complain about the invasion of 'private grief' is like Faustus moaning that someone had forged his signature with the Devil.
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I watched the whole of Brown's speech yesterday.  Hand wringing, sanctimonious clap-trap. He used a very rare visit to the House to try to get his own back on NI. He cosied up to them until they decided not to back him as PM and yesterday was his attempted revenge. He said he was unable  to order a judicial review.  Why - he was the PM.  Lack of moral backbone perhaps?
He also had the ability to stop his son's medical details from being published by NI. From the link Oldjim gave:
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Actually, there were plenty of things that Brown, as a senior member of the New Labour government, could and should have done. He could have told Brooks that it was a private medical matter under Press Complaints Commission rules and she would not have been able to print a word.
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Rupert and James Murdoch have been summonsed to appear before the Commons Media Select Committee on Tuesday.
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News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has agreed to attend.
Also the Police made a further arrest in the early hours of the morning.
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Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man arrested on Thursday morning is understood by the BBC to be Neil Wallis, the former executive editor of the News of the World.

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Re: Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

and the Murdochs have said rectorial oriffices to Parliament, they might speak to a judge
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They appear to have had a change of heart and are now reported as intending to attend on Tuesday......
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@HP sauce, you're right.  They have said that they will attend on Tuesday.  Smiley
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Re: Gordon Brown attacks News International tactics

so was I when I posted it
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14 July 2011 Last updated at 18:13
Phone hacking: Murdochs agree to appear before MPs
James and Rupert Murdoch James and Rupert Murdoch initially declined an invitation to appear before MPs next Tuesday
News Corporation's Rupert and James Murdoch have agreed to appear before MPs to answer questions on the phone-hacking scandal on Tuesday.
The Commons media committee had issued summonses after the men initially declined to appear next week.