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Saturday 12 March 2016

Gove Admits Queen Leak

What did I tell you? Last Thursday I said that the source of the Sun’sQUEEN BACKS BREXIT” story was Michael “Oiky” Gove. Today, the Guardian has reported that Gove had the opportunity to make a straight denial, but deflected and blustered. He failed to deny that he was the source of the Sun story. It became clear that he had been cornered - and partly by the inept behaviour of the hacks he trusted with his information.
Yes, "Oiky", they've shopped YOU

At first, when questioned during a Brexit event in Hampshire today, “the justice secretary said he did not know where the Sun got all its information from” That "all" is a dead giveaway. What about IPSO? “He added that the Ipso investigation was a ‘matter for them’ and refused to say if he would cooperate with it”. Was it unfair to drag the Queen into the EU referendum debate? He wouldn’t say. And it got worse.

Asked if he thought the Queen would be pleased to see him when he next had an audience with her, he replied: ‘I don’t know. I wouldn’t speculate on a matter like that’ … Sources close to Gove said: ‘Michael did not brief this story’ … His spokesman had previously insisted: ‘We don’t comment on private conversations with the Queen’”. “Did not brief?” That’s just more evasion, another get-out clause.

Gove had the opportunity to say it wasn’t him, full stop, no conditional statement, end of story. He did not, because, as I said on Thursday, he was the Sun’s source, and, all too predictably for that paper, its only source. He trusted the Murdoch press - he spent so many years working for it, of course - and they dropped him in it. How that happened is easy to demonstrate from the original Sun splash.

That story told readers that the Queen had made her comments to then deputy MP Nick Clegg at a Windsor Castle lunch. That was where the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn made his fatal mistake: there was only one such event during the last Parliament. And the leaker must have been one of the others at that lunch, two of whom were Lib Dems and unlikely to spill the beans to the Sun.

This left Cheryl Gillan - also unlikely - and Gove. Yes, “Oiky” had trusted the Sun and its supposedly capable political editor with his secret and Newton Dunn bungled, making it very easy to figure out who his source was. And it got worse still: in the aftermath, his editor Tony Gallagher gave an interview to ITV’s Robert Peston where he suggested the leak may have been from a Privy Councillor.

Gallagher then claimed firmly that his paper would not reveal its source, but the reality was that the combined ineptitude of Newton Dunn and himself had done just that. The Sun’s editor claimed that there were some who wanted to take Gove out of the Out campaign. This is possible. But if anyone has taken him out of that campaign, we need look no further than Gallagher and his political editor for the culprit.

They shopped Gove, but were too stupid to realise it. And now their source is well and truly stuffed. Behold the crème de la crème of Murdoch journalism.


Anonymous said...

Eh, calm down, calm down.

Headline: "Gove admits Queen leak"
Story: "Gove denies Queen leak"

And yes, he may have fumbled a personal response but his office has quite clearly denied it. That may or may not turn out to be true, of course...

Shawlrat said...

Gove thinks he's so clever with his pedantically correct use of language.
He's not as sharp as he thinks he is.
I feel karma will be making an appearance before too long.

Anonymous said...

I think conversations could have been had by many. Just because Gove was present at such doesn't mean it was him.

Anyway, what we need to look at furthermore is the relationship between politicians and press.
Things are not looking too good at the moment.

Keep our politicians away from THAT kind.

Anonymous said...

With some luck this is the end of his public life. Then the gobshite can be re-employed as a Murdoch shill.

And to think that oily spiv was once in charge of education in this country......No, strike that. He's a tory, therefore typical of his type.

But there's some on the front bench or hovering in the background who are even worse than him. Think of that as the disability allowance is channelled to their rich pals and apologists.

What a disgusting, sick charade.

swissfrank43 said...

Gove will be extremely annoyed that Boris has cynically muscled in on the Brexit campaign and has made himself the front-runner for the next Tory leadership campaign.
So I don't suspect Oiky will be too upset by all this. It's all good publicity for him.