Thursday, October 16, 2008

SFO probe into Robert Peston leaks?

While I was away in Spain I managed to buy just one newspaper during the whole week, it was the Daily Mail and it ran the story pictured.

The general thrust (which others papers have also pondered upon) is whether Robert Peston - the BBC Business Editor who moves markets - might just be a little to influential and dangerous with his exclusive leak breaking.

That story has now moved on it seems with, according to the blogger, Nicollo Machiavelli, an as yet unnamed Tory MP has written to the Serious Fraud Office "to ask that they investigate the leaks to BBC Business Editor Robert Peston, and events surrounding those leaks."

Update: Just to clarify, as per some of the comments, Michael Howard wrote to the Financial Services Authority, not the Serious Fraud Office.

Update II: Story disappeared on Machiavelli blog. Weird.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP penned the letter and so he should. Peston's "insider info" should never have been publiished by any responsible media organisation.

dizzy said...

No he didn't, you are referring to a letter by Howard to the FSA link. This is a different letter.

IanVisits said...

Guido has a copy of a letter from Michael Howard to the FSA about Robert Peston:

http://www.order-order.com/2008/10/exclusive-michael-howard-complains-to.html

Also, this made me giggle like a loon when I found it yesterday:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/robert-peston-transformed-into-pure-energy-200810081310/

dizzy said...

Yes, that is the link I just posted, Guido has also linked to the Machiavelli post as well. Different letter

dizzy said...

Change "has" to "had" the link has disappeared as too as the Machiavelli post. All very weird

The Daily Pundit said...

It's a conspiracy.

MB said...

I bet all those papers would be quite happy to have him writing the reports for themselves!

Not a sheep said...

Robert Peston is part of the NuLab/BBC ruling clique and therefore any investigation (if even held) would report that it would not be in the public interest to proceed with any prosecution. We were told that the Labour party are the political wing of the British people and we know that the BBC are now the mouthpiece of the Labour party, so how could prosecuting a BBC reporter be in the public interest? Cynical or realistic?

concerned said...

Robert Peston should really think before he opens his mouth. I believe that he actually thrives on decrying this country. His speculation and suggestions are always negative to the interests of the UK (and even worldwide). Isn't it about time that the Media etc started talking more positively about the economy in this country and stop looking at all the negativity. It can be just as effective to talk about the banks/recession etc by putting a positive slant on it rather than decrying it all the time.
By his negtive speculation and comments (along with the Media in general), the ordinary person in the street is the main casualty and he should remeber this before he opens his mouth.