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What do all these people have in common?

“Wankers. Faarsands of them!” commented one former fan of press regulation on seeing the list: “I used to think the British press had got too intrusive and badly needed reining in. But now that I’ve been made aware of the kind of ocean-going knobs who are in favour of the Leveson Royal Charter, I’ve adjusted my position. In fact I’d like to know why the Sun isn’t hacking every single one of these smug, authoritarian, liberty-loathing tossers’ mobile phone messages right now, preferably with a view to chucking every one of them into jail for hamster abuse or whatever else it is they get up to in their celebrity basement dungeons. The sooner these menaces are off the streets the better.”

This is a quote, which he cheerfully admits to having made up, from an article by James Delingpole entitled: The Wankerati speak: Why can’t Britain’s press be more like Iran’s? His main idea is that,

The campaign for greater press regulation in Britain has suffered a devastating, possibly fatal blow with the release to the Guardian of a list of the celebrities who are lending their support to the Leveson Royal Charter proposal.

Click on that last link to see if there is anyone you like.

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19 comments to What do all these people have in common?

  • chuck

    see if there is anyone you like.

    Maybe John Cleese, the others that I recognize are already on my douchebag list.

  • CaptDMO

    By the way, we’re DONE with Piers Morgan in the US now.
    Please pick him up by the end of the week.

  • AKM


    Dear God, No! We were very happy when we heard he was leaving. We want him back about as much as we want the contents of our toilet bowl back after we’ve flushed it away.

  • Dom

    Off topic, but the great Tom Paine, of the last ditch, just said goodbye to blogging.

  • bloke in spain

    Two words put the entire list in context.
    Divine Browne

  • Ljh

    “It (the press) has nothing to lose..” by submitting to grubby mouthbreathing pc control freaks: there are an awful lot of believers in unicorns and positive thinking! Salman Rushdie is an ungrateful toad after all the tax money spent to protect his freedom of expression from death at the hands of the purveyors of the religion of perpetual offence.

  • Rushdie is on the list?

  • the other rob

    Oh dear. I used to like Lumley, back in the New Avengers / Sapphire and Steel days, Dave Gilmour’s on there and there are at least two Doctor Whos – Tennant and Capaldi.

    No Ecclestone, however, which fits with the rumour that he quit after one season because he viewed the production team as a bunch of abusive wankers.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    As I’ve said before, Brits are subjects, not citizens, and the permission you had to act as though you were free is now being rescinded.

    You really need to do something about that.

  • As I’ve said before, Brits are subjects, not citizens

    Yeah I’ve had a bit to say on the subject of subjects too in the past.

  • Alsadius

    I actually like several, though for their creative works and not for their political opinions. Creative folk are usually utter knobs.

  • Regional

    What’s a Faarsand?

  • Laird

    Alisa, yes.

  • Thanks, Laird. Utterly disappointing.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)


    What’s a Faarsand?

    I couldn’t be bovvered to tell yer.

  • Jason

    Bloke in Spain, the Speccie made a rather witty riposte along similar lines:

    “It [pro-Leveson campaign HackedOff] could hardly print the names Max Mosley, John Prescott and Hugh Grant and then ask ‘What do these people have in common?’”

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Natalie Solent (Essex)
    March 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm


    What’s a Faarsand?

    I couldn’t be bovvered to tell yer.

    So, it’s like a Henwei, then?

  • Regional

    I think it’s sheeple who latch onto causes.

  • Richard Thomas

    Regional, it’s two monkeys.