FORMER Metropoltan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson ‘had no idea’ Champneys was a luxury health spa when he agreed to go there for a three week-long freebie.
As England’s top policeman resigned, he said that unlike prime minister David Cameron, he had been assured that Champneys was a big lay-by on the A31 near Farnham, littered with old condoms and dog faeces.
He added: “When my wife and I arrived we could see that this was in fact a reasonably well-appointed lay-by with eight swimming pools and a crack team of feng-shui nutritionists.
“We only planned to stay for one night but you know what it’s like when you’re surrounded by lots of lovely stuff that you don’t have to pay for.
“No-one was compromised by any of this, especially not my thighs, which, by the way, feel amazing.”
Julian Cook, professor of modern bribes at Roehampton University said: “It’s not so much that he employed a News of the World journalist, it’s that he was, to all intents and purposes, taking cash. Like many of his officers did. From News of the World journalists. D’you see?”
Stephenson’s resignation placed further pressure on David Cameron and raised fresh questions about whether a prime minister being very good friends with sleazy, tabloid hacks – and agreeing with them frequently – somehow represents a lack of judgement.
Defending Mr Cameron on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Reads the Papers, foreign secretary William Hague said: “I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Meanwhile it has been confirmed that Ed Miliband has forgotten who he is and what he has been doing for the last 10 years.
As the unusual Labour leader continued to insist that News International was invented by the Conservative Party so they could kill you, insiders stressed he was either subconsciously blocking traumatic memories or that he genuinely believes he is getting away with this.
A Westminster source said: “Before he – for some reason – became a cabinet minister, Ed used to deputise for Gordon Brown at the end of Rupert Murdoch’s cock.
“If Gordon was too busy actively destroying the country, Ed would be dispatched to join the queue of eager, wet-mouthed Labour politicians.
“Blair, Brown and Mandelson were known as ‘Rupert’s Tuesday Cock-Boys’. They had jackets.
“Ed would deputise for Brown and Andy Burnham would fill-in for Blair, while Mandelson didn’t have a deputy as he always said there was no greater priority for a Minister of the Crown than Rupert Murdoch’s gooey bell-end.”
Phone scandal thingy round-up: Day 14,007
Former human Rebekah Brooks was arrested, despite offering to pay cash.
The arrest means Brooks may now be unable to tell MPs how inconceivable she is.
Rupert Murdoch has American thingys too. Experts say they are horrid and must be destroyed.
There was a big party. It was in a magical place called ‘Chipping Norton’. It was attended by many arseholes.
Actual importance of any of this still remains unclear.