Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart


Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and was a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He served as specialist adviser to the commons media select committee in 2008-10. Irish by background, he was a journalist at Reuters, the Independent papers and the New Statesman, and has written books about the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Jill Dando, as well as on the history of nuclear science.

Brian’s book, Everybody’s Hacked Off: Why We Don’t Have the Press We Deserve and What to Do About It, with an introduction by Hugh Grant, was published as a Penguin Special in September 2012. His latest book, The News From Waterloo, was published by Faber in Spring 2015.

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If this was the US you would assume he was hanging on while negotiating a pardon, or some kind of immunity from prosecution. Twitter lawyers, please tell me that can't happen here.

Fantasy new cabinet:
Hugh Grant - PM
Martin Lewis - Chancellor
Mick Lynch - Transport
Culture - Stephen Fry
Home Secretary - Kathy Burke
Business - Deborah Meadon
NI: Sister Michael
Carry it on!

The most elegant and comprehensive analysis of @10DowningStreet I’ve ever heard being given by @soniapurnell on @BBCNews. I think I shall go buy the biography of #borrisjohnson she wrote now. Great interview. #BorisOut #BritishPolitics

'Dear parents and carers,

I'm afraid Year 5 won't be coming back until a bit later today because they've all been appointed to the cabinet, and Mrs Jones is now Home Secretary.'

@BrianCathcart A plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

The next Government must ensure this - this tidal wave of corruption, law-breaking and lies - can never happen again. Labour must commit to a constitutional convention.

Struck by the raw fury I sense now. It was always going to end like this. That anger needs to be focused not just on Johnson but also the toadies in his party and the non dom newspaper tycoons who facilitated this abhorrent premiership. Generations will have to pay for this.

This should not get lost in the news cycle today - the Metropolitan Police has been heavily criticised by the police watchdog for the "unacceptable" handling of the case of missing student Richard Okorogheye who was found dead last April

The No. 10 SPADs/Press Office boys & girls are a bunch of brainwashed Vote Leave/Guido Fawkes kids drunk on the power & access they got. Cummings and Elliot have a lot to answer for on this but the MSM, the most. These were never credible people; tears are all any of them deserve

Right now somebody in Number 10 is saying: ‘All is not lost, for I have a cunning plan.’

Yes of course all Tories are terrible and whoever follows Boris Johnson will be worse.


There is no denying this is hilarious.

Heat records being broken in northern Canada 🇨🇦

Inuvik, NWT (68.3°N) exceeded 30°C three days in a row for the first time on record (records here go back to 1957).

I’d ask the Daily Mail and Paul Dacre in particular, who really are the enemies of the people?

BREAKING: The Downing Street coke dealer has quit. In his resignation letter he said "Though I have supported this government and believe you, Prime Minister, got the big calls right, being associated with you is now damaging to my reputation as hardworking British drug dealer".

this show has just jumped the shark

I wonder which newspapers may have helped create that atmosphere, Henry?