The Andy Coulson affair: a LOLcat reaction [updated]


3:27 pm - January 21st 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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No scandal can be complete with its own lolcat impressions. (for the uninitiated, they are pictures of cats with funny captions in pidgin English).

So thank you to all those who responded to my twitter call out. I’m adding to this as we speak, if you want to make your own one, see this site.

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New ones

two by @DarrellGoodliff

I iz the only 'Prince of Darkness'....  Move aside Mandlekitteh!

and

The job was rubbish anyway I couldn't stop Cameron and  Clegg constantly bugging me

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by @clarewhite

A *cheezburger* here you say? I had no idea.

@BellaMack illustrates Andy Coulson’s reaction

Now I spend more time  listening to ur calls!

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Claire French captures the Tory reaction

say what?

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by @mycrippledeagle

This my editorz  I hax the fonez for him

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By Tim Hardy

All your voicemail are belong to us

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David Cameron’s statement by @morticed

I wish Andy all the best

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Iain Dale is not happy! by @bill_bold

We luv you mister andy, don't leev us now!!! Pleez?

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More Coulson reaction, by @nick4glengate

LOLCOULSON

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by @garrycm

I'z in yur voicemailz Hackin fur Cullson (he don't no tho)

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Another one by @BellaMack

I haz no job  I iz hacked off!

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by @dhothersall

Coulson gone? RLY? I iz totally surprised

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by @MissEllieMae

Don't tell Rupert  I been naughty

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Two by reader ‘redpesto

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Another one by @nick4glengate

NOW I IZ IN YOUR MAIL  Phonez is so last yearz

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Sunny,

Brilliant. Probably the best reaction you could have.

Tim Hardy’s lol cat is megalolz

Those are good.

On a serious note, what I found sad about the whole Coulson affair was the way that lefties seemed to be anti-Coulson because he was an effective Tory spin doctor and that righties seemed to be pro-Coulson just to try and wind up lefties. The whole thing should have been about whether he was guilty or not but it become a partisan slanging match.

@3
This is total supposition.

There’s always a partisan element to these things, but most lefties (incl me) were agin him cos he was clearly guilty as sin.

Has Cameron resigned yet?

Because he backed him, and his judgement is now smashed to pieces and scattered all over the floor.

Another Murdoch goon bites the dust. Good riddance. Perhaps he might have the decency to tell the fucking truth now.

Never mind, for the moment, about the phone hacking that went on at the NOW when Coulson was its editor and knew absolutely nothing about why Glenn Mulcaire was paid an annual retainer of £104,000:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6301243.stm

The director of communications for a Conservative government who allows the PM to be quoted as saying:

“Britain is back open for business: Cameron evokes Thatcher spirit as he vows to rescue battered economy”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1282205/Cameron-pledges-taxes-low-vows-turn-round-Britains-battered-economy.html

And then:

“Cameron attacks Thatcher for failing to ‘respect’ public sector as he seeks third way on reform”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348034/Cameron-attacks-Margaret-Thatcher-failing-respect-public-sector.html?ITO=1490

. . . was not up to the job. Coulson was really out of his depth.

Btw “During Margaret Thatcher’s premiership public spending grew in real terms by an average of 1.1% a year, while during John Major’s premiership it grew by an average of 2.4% a year.”
http://www.ifs.org.uk/bns/05ebn2.pdf

7. George McLean

Can’t wait for the Steve Bell cartoon.

@ 5. sally

You are normally quite horrible but even I have to agree with you on this one,

Ted

I’m not that horrible you know.

Well, only to trollers.

@3

…what I found sad about the whole Coulson affair was the way that lefties seemed to be anti-Coulson because he was an effective Tory spin doctor

Wha?

Aside from Sy’s pertinent comment @4, there’s also the fact that while it’s one thing for a PM to allow a billionaire media oligarch to have his or her ear (though I personally find it outrageous), it’s quite another to have someone who is effectively a representative for said billionaire media oligarch in Number 10 every day.

That’s before we get on to the case itself, the cosy relationship with the Met that allowed him to skate on this for so long – let alone the ethical arguments about privacy violations.

@ 9. sally

Well at least stop torturing them before intellectual execution !

“what I found sad about the whole Coulson affair was the way that lefties seemed to be anti-Coulson because he was an effective Tory spin doctor”

I wasn’t anti-coulson because of his alleged effectiveness. I was anti-coulson because he was Rupert’s minion, and you don’t get to that position without being a generally nasty person.

The Indy brings out a crucial issue omitted in the discussion here so far – the failure of the Metropolitan Police to investigate emerging evidence of extensive phone hacking:

“Urgent questions need to be asked of the Metropolitan Police too, which has adopted the position of the three wise monkeys throughout this affair. The force seems to have failed to investigate the original phone hacking properly. Officers did not question senior executives at the newspaper whose names appeared on papers of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who was found guilty along with Goodman. And the Met did not inform thousands of high-profile individuals that their phones might have been hacked.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-andy-coulson-has-departed-but-uncomfortable-questions-remain-2191282.html

what I found sad about the whole Coulson affair was the way that lefties seemed to be anti-Coulson because he was an effective Tory spin doctor

Oh, and he really wasn’t that effective. It was apparently Coulson’s call to let Clegg in on the TV debates – which completely derailed their campaign for a couple of weeks – and, despite being presented with an open goal, they failed to win an overall majority.

13 Bob

“the failure of the Metropolitan Police to investigate emerging evidence of extensive phone hacking:”

Exactly right. And where is David Davis, and his other Magna Carta carrying tories on this one? Hiding in Wapping I bet?

Worth reading this news report about how Glenn Mulcaire’s testimony squelched Coulson’s claim that apart from Goodman, the Royal editor, other editorial staff on NOW didn’t know about the phone hacking:

Andy Coulson resignation: Private eye’s court claims sealed fate
Glenn Mulcaire named Ian Edmondson as phone hacking instigator, casting further doubt on Coulson’s denials
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/21/glenn-mulcaire-edmondson-coulson-resignation

“On a serious note, what I found sad about the whole Coulson affair was the way that lefties seemed to be anti-Coulson because he was an effective Tory spin doctor and that righties seemed to be pro-Coulson just to try and wind up lefties. The whole thing should have been about whether he was guilty or not but it become a partisan slanging match.”

Errr, not quite. The fact that Coulson was Cameron’s spin-doctor was emphasised in certain sections of the press because they need to hang stories on that kind of hook. Some defenders of Coulson have tried to spin the issue as the Guardian trying to get at Cameron through Coulson (usually the same people who said “This isn’t a story! Get over it!). My concerns since the beginning, echoes by lots of commenters on this site, have been:-

– apparent criminal behaviour by large sections of the press
– the ease with which information from so-called secure data-bases was accessed
– possible police collusion in accessing this information
– lack of zeal by the Met police in pursuing the issue
– lack of zeal by the political class in pursuing the issue (to such an extent that somebody who resigned because of this issue became a top political sipn-doctor)
– an apparent fear by the police and political class of tackling unacceptable practices in poweful media groups.

Ian Burrell says in the Independent: “What was being written off as an ideologically motivated spat now has the feel of something more significant.” Whay he misses is that commenters on this site have been pointing out the wider significance since the story broke.

Very clever, meticulous and entertaining – but I hope no cat’s reputation was harmed in the making of this CATalogue of inFURRED criminal activity.


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