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BS: Archer jailed for perjury

Mr Red 24 Jul 01 - 03:39 PM
GUEST,Brian 24 Jul 01 - 09:37 AM
Fiolar 24 Jul 01 - 06:30 AM
Liz the Squeak 24 Jul 01 - 02:39 AM
Gervase 23 Jul 01 - 07:05 PM
okthen 23 Jul 01 - 06:42 PM
Liz the Squeak 23 Jul 01 - 05:01 PM
Gareth 23 Jul 01 - 04:57 PM
Mr Red 23 Jul 01 - 03:47 PM
alanabit 23 Jul 01 - 03:11 PM
Gervase 23 Jul 01 - 09:08 AM
Fiolar 23 Jul 01 - 08:54 AM
Dave the Gnome 22 Jul 01 - 05:26 PM
Penny S. 22 Jul 01 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,Liz the Squeak 22 Jul 01 - 02:49 AM
McGrath of Harlow 21 Jul 01 - 04:38 PM
Tweedie 21 Jul 01 - 03:54 PM
ard mhacha 21 Jul 01 - 08:22 AM
Linda Kelly 21 Jul 01 - 08:07 AM
Fiolar 21 Jul 01 - 05:43 AM
GUEST,bobbi 21 Jul 01 - 04:20 AM
ShankhillPhantom 21 Jul 01 - 03:41 AM
CET 20 Jul 01 - 04:43 PM
Linda Kelly 20 Jul 01 - 03:59 PM
ard mhacha 20 Jul 01 - 02:27 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Jul 01 - 02:18 PM
Mr Red 20 Jul 01 - 01:40 PM
GeorgeH 20 Jul 01 - 01:36 PM
Patrish(inactive) 20 Jul 01 - 09:49 AM
Les from Hull 20 Jul 01 - 08:35 AM
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Subject: Archer explained
From: Mr Red
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 03:39 PM

The Devious' Dictionary

agent n. Formally a gentleman. Now this has devolved, in common parlance, to be a person who lies for you then duffs you up 10 years later. Somewhat like a teddy boy but without the oath.

archereeze a. The style in which an entire fantasy is presented as fiction in order to earn stupendous dollops of wealth.

archerooze a. The style in which an entire fantasy is presented as fact in order to earn stupendous dollops of wealth.

coughlan n A person so unlucky, that when a piece of good luck materializes and is converted in to better luck it brings the whole sewer pipe down on them and anyone writing down their very words at the time. The words would have been unrecognisable when published anyway but the clean-up operation is very slow. Named for Monica Coughlan, a person so unlucky as to be mown down by a criminal's getaway car being chased by the police, just as the public vindication of her story was blossoming.

diary entry n. Whatever you want it to be. Full of shit. (corruption of diarrhoea and treats)

frank a. Mealy mouthed, avoiding lying by telling just enough of the truth. Familiar shortening of the phrase "doing a Francis".

fund raising v. Smarmy sycophantasizing, with occasional visits to the car park.

hairy mary a. 1 Stock exchange term, for insider share dealing, at two removes. Not especially risky or illegal unless accompanied by incontrovertable evidence. 2 Normal practice.

lie n. Truth incarnate. v. To swear on oath

making a meal of it vi. To consort with a whore. n. A dinner with a trusted friend. nv. Both at the same time.

monica n. A casual sex partner who must be kept hidden. A secret co-respondant. (some sources give an American origin for this word c 1995 but it is definitely older than that)

notapenney a. Swinging, excessive, as much as the victim can give. This is an archerooze back-formation of "not a penny more, not a penny less" (a popular trashy novel – apparently).

pressing the flesh v. In a political context, shaking hands while screwing the pressee. More generally, shaking the body while screwing in a car park during a fund raising party.

secretary n A diarist. See diary entry.

star turn vt. To change the evidence prior going into the witness box.

teddy boy n. A man who lies on oath for you then duffs you up 10 years later. See agent.

truth n. Archaic. Now reserved for use by the lower orders (and some politicians – alledgedly).


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GUEST,Brian
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 09:37 AM

I had to laugh when JA's biographer said .... he'll be back, he's not the sort of person to settle for a headstone saying

Here lies Jeffery Archer.

I couldn't think of a more fitting epitaph. He's lied everywhere else.

Brian


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Fiolar
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 06:30 AM

Any bets guys on when the film will be made? After all they made one about Nick Leeson and also a TV movie about the court case between Hamilton and Al Fayed. Wonder who could play Archer?


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 02:39 AM

Yes, but in solitary you don't get the hole experience....

Is that for his protection or did the other inmates request it for humanitarian reasons??

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Gervase
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 07:05 PM

Aye, they do say prison is a good way to widen your circle!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: okthen
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 06:42 PM

He's probably someones rainy day woman now.

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 05:01 PM

Doing a Jeffrey I think is the correct term....

LTS - still sniggering and wondering when Mary will join her devoted husband - at least in there she can be fairly sure he isn't knobbing some other woman.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Gareth
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 04:57 PM

I suppose that a 4 year stretch in an open prison will be known as an "Archer"

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Mr Red
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:47 PM

archer / 'a:tfe(r) / n. (colloquial) a wadge of 2000 UK pounds, a cash silencer. Not to be confused with a Hamilton which is an Archer hidden in plain brown envelope. (f OE TV series B'stard)


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: alanabit
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:11 PM

Point taken about Ronnie Biggs, McGrath, but it can't have escaped your notice that the last government stole the country's electricity, gas, telephones, coal and railway system. Our Ronnie was a vicious thug, who beat a train driver half to death. However, his crime netted a measly couple of hundred grand. That leaves me wondering, which sort of crime is really "the hard stuff"...


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Gervase
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 09:08 AM

Hmm - a woman with a price. No wonder she and Jeffrey are so suited!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Fiolar
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 08:54 AM

The latest whisper is that Mary may be going to write a book about her life with Jeffrey. A figure of £250,000 is being talked about.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Jul 01 - 05:26 PM

I came onto this thread a little late. May I add my two penn'urth?

A good anagram of Jeffrey Archer is - Racy Jeff, he err!

Not as good, I'm afraid as his old pal, Cecil Parkinson (Lock penis in car) or the other good Tory statesman, Neil Hamilton (Lola, I'm in then) but it will suffice. Anywho - here is my last word on the subject.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Not that I'm vindictive or anything....;-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Penny S.
Date: 22 Jul 01 - 04:36 AM

Here's confirmation of my account above, from a book review section in the Guardian last December.

"While he is talking, Archer's manner fluctuates between aggrieved headmaster and naughty schoolboy, and his face never seems absolutely sure which side of the detention desk it is supposed to be on. Oddly, the image that stayed with me long after I finished Crick's book was of Archer playing Puck at Dover College, where he taught PE. He gained his entrance to the stage by leaping over a hedge from a platform or a trampoline. It has often seemed as though he has since perfected this two-footed entrée into most areas of his life. 'I was a wicked Puck,' he agrees now, 'dancing about, kicking everyone, jumping over them, causing trouble ... it was an ideal part for me.' Archer likes to think of himself as mischievous, surprising. With all his teasing and game playing, does he, I wonder, ever fear he might lose sight of who Jeffrey Archer really is?"

There was, unfortunately, no picture, and this is accurate as to personal history (though the play was performed in Kearsney Abbey grounds by the Dover Players. It is possible that the report I saw which was wrong was wrong because of the reporter, not the source.

Penny


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GUEST,Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Jul 01 - 02:49 AM

I'm just such a happy bunny.... Bet the bastard gets out after two though.....

Vengeance is a dish best served cold, and boy, was it cold!!! All we need now is for the frozen faced accomplice to be investigated and found wanting.... Ah, it does a Socialist good to see how the mighty (big heads) are fallen....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 04:38 PM

I see that he's in the same stir as Ronnie Biggs, and they shook hands. I never thought the Great Train Robber would sink that low.

I suppose the next chapter will see JA coming out of jail with lots of new contacts, set on becoming a master criminal - not white collar crime this time, the hard stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Tweedie
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 03:54 PM

All I'm hoping is that in the time between now and Archer's appeal (or the time until he is 'sprung' from jail due to 'illness') the combined might of the UK media can dig deep enough and thoroughly enough into his and Mary's dealings to establish enough reason for him never to bounce back. Reading between the lines it seems that his "vigorous and skilful advocate" was none too happy to be representing Archer towards the end of the trial. Let us hope other former friends/colleagues/business partners take this opportunity to isolate this dreadful excuse for a human-being.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: ard mhacha
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 08:22 AM

I do not agree that Archer should be barred from The House of Turds, here we regard all members of that house of fat farts as despicable scum-bags. So when he departs from the decent people he will be with for the next two years, send him back. Slan Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 08:07 AM

Reread this thread and noticed PennyS's comment that she saw his play Puck in Midsummer Noight's dream. It occurred to me that he is well and truly Pucked now!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Fiolar
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 05:43 AM

A beautiful little item in the Guardian of July 20th says it all about Archer. Apparently while at Oxford in 1963, he somehow managed to get the Beatles to play at Brasenose College. Sheridan Morley who was a contemporary of Archer there, was at the concert. During the interval, he happened to meet Ringo Starr in the toilet. Starr asked him if he knew this chap Archer and then stated "He strikes me as a nice enough fella, but he is the kind of bloke who would bottle your piss and sell it." Wise words, Ringo. Shame that other people hadn't the same insight, or perhaps they did and were blinded by the Krug and Shepherds Pie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GUEST,bobbi
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 04:20 AM

Geesh! You guys.. Get a grip! If he were here in the United States of America and had a girlfriend named Monica, he'd be presidential material! Obviously, you all don't have Democrats in GB! Tsk!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: ShankhillPhantom
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 03:41 AM

Jesus Oliver and heres me thinking you thought that the English were not a bad race,I did not think you thought so highly of them HA! hA! fRANCIE


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: CET
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 04:43 PM

Les, my language was a little strong, for which I apologize. However, you don't seem to have grasped the point. If Archer, as despicable as he may be, wants to retain counsel, it is that counsel's professional duty to raise every point and press every argument that may assist his client, as long as he does so honourably and professionally.

In your post you referred to "expensive lawyers who are more interested in money than justice". That is to say, any lawyer who represents Archer must not be interested in justice. That kind of reasoning is on a par with the rhetorical question "How can a lawyer represent somebody he knows to be guilty". The answer to that, as Dr. Johnson knew, is that the client wants his lawyer's advocacy, not his judgment. Jeffrey Archer may not be as sympathetic as a poor black Irishman, but his lawyers are doing nothing improper by representing him.

CET


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 03:59 PM

Then of course there is the curious way in which as a student he was able to buy a house for the equivalent of £100000, whilst also fund raising for Oxfam, and didn't he promise the money he won for the libel case would go to charity. It appears it didn't. He really is an utter shite isn't he. McGrath, I take the point about Maxwell.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: ard mhacha
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 02:27 PM

Gervase, I have just read the "Guardian" on Archer, and "poor Mary" my ass, a conniving bitch. Eng;and still breeds them and that oul bastard Thatcher and the rest of her hole crawlers being made to look bloody fools. Great stuff. Slan, Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 02:18 PM

"Twang."

That was the title of a musical Lionel Bart wrote about Riobin Hood. It turned out to be a fair disaster. Maybe it's time to revive it with a revised contemporary script.

The whole thing cries out to be put into song. Not a musical. Maybe a ballad opera. Or Gilbert and Sullivan. Wouldn't Gilbert have loved it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 01:40 PM

hands up those who believed him in the first place.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GeorgeH
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 01:36 PM

Gervaise, thank you so much for those contributions . . I didn't think I could enjoy this saga any more than I was already doing, but you proved me wrong!!

I'd love to say "tell me more"!! but I don't think it would be wise for you to do so . .

However I notice no-one has mentioned Anglia TV share dealings . . .

G.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 09:49 AM

"Would that happen if Archer was poor, or black, or Irish? "

He probably would not be where he is now
Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Les from Hull
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 08:35 AM

So if anyone without vast financial resources was in Archer's situation they would get a fearless, vigorous and skilful advocate to argue their case for them, would they? It must be awful for these lawyers, having to accept money to defend someone who is convicted of perverting the course of the justice they believe in so much. And the more money you have, the more fearlessness and vigour you can afford.

I certainly didn't say that all lawyers are like that. I have lots of respect for lawyers who use their skills to defend the weak and oppressed. But I'm sure that there will be teams of lawyers looking through the transcripts of the trial to see if they can find some nebulous legal hook to hang a case on. Would that happen if Archer was poor, or black, or Irish?

Les


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: CET
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 08:01 AM

Les: That was a silly and juvenile comment. Anybody over the age of 18 ought to know that it is the advocate's duty to represent his client fearlessly and vigorously, in accordance with the law, whatever his personal opinion of the client might be. Dr. Johnson understood that more than 200 years ago.

CET


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Les from Hull
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 07:32 AM

Pat - the basis of his appeal will be "I've got lots of money and can afford really expensive lawyers who are more interested in money than justice"

Les


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 06:54 AM

OK, so we start a "Free the Grantchester One" campaign, get Larry Otway over here to defend his human rights and....Oh, sorry, I must have forgotten my medication...
When this news filtered into our training session yesterday thanks to an e-mail from Herself, the place erupted in spontaneous joy, whatever the political leanings of the persons present!
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: GUEST,Patrish
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 04:36 AM

Thanks for the info, don't feel sorry for her anymore. I agree she is a strange one.......
I wonder what the basis of his appeal is going to be(or ever was)
Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Gervase
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 04:34 AM

"Help Desk, what appears to be the problem?"

"Ah, I'm having a little problem with Microsfoft Word."

"And the nature of this problem, Sir?

"I've just written another novel and I can't get the text to justify..."

"....is it full justification you're after, Mister....er?"

"Not Mister - Lord. It's Lord Archer, Jeffrey Archer. I'm quite well known in writing circ...."

"I'm sorry, Sir. There's nothing that can justify another Jeffrey Archer novel. Goodbye."


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 04:33 AM

I think it serves him right, if he did'nt lie and make trouble they woud'nt send him to jail.john


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Gervase
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 04:21 AM

Don't waste too many tears on Mary. She was fully aware of his serial philandering before the '87 libel trial, and yet told the court that theirs was a rock-solid marriage.
And, during the trial, the probity of poor Monica Coghlan, the prostitute to whom he admitted giving £2000 to "disappear", hinged at one point on whether or not Archole had a spotty back. The fragrant Mary told the drooling judge, Mr Justice Caulfield, that his back was of marmoreal smoothness and that therefore the drab must have been lying.
Yet I have a friend who, for his sins, has played squash against Archer (a testy, irritable sportsman) and shared a locker room with him - and he could have testified that the odious little shit has a back like a nutmeg grater.
Mary was also supposed to be in charge of the disbursement of Archer's £500,000 libel winnings to various charitable causes. Funnily enough, very few of them received anything. Yet the summer-house in the grounds of the Old Rectory at Grantchester (where Mary lives - and where the poet Rupert Brooke once stayed and wrote "stands the clock at ten to three...") was lavishly restored as an office for her.
It is said by unwiser men than me (who would hate to be sued, so what follows if obviously pure fantasy) that an "arrangement" was reached between the two scheming, conniving spouses (spice?) - to whit, that in return for support in court, Mary would trouser the winnings and then be allowed to lead a separate life from Jeffrey - which she certainly has.
She is, undoubtedly, a very gifted chemist and one of the brightest academics of her generation at Cambridge. She is also, however, an odd fish. And I used to fancy her something rotten, long ago!


As for Archer writing another book - that would be interesting. He has actually "written" very little since his first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, which was written to save his arse after he went bankrupt thanks to some dodgy dealing in a company called Aquablast.
Since then, much of his work has actually been ghosted by his long-suffering editor, with Jeffrey providing merely the thinnest of outlines - and those frequently plagiarised from other sources.
And when he bangs on about how successful he is, that is because he is an accomplished salesman and an unrelenting bully.
The staff at his publisher's loathe him with a passion, because he is constantly ringing up to badger them to plug his dreadful books, organise signings and roadshows and general force the pap down the throats of the public.
Sorry for the vitriol here, but I have had dealings with the man and have long had reason to despise and detest him. I can only shake my head at Mary Archer's apparent perfidy. As I said, a strange woman.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 03:48 AM

Never liked Archer, but I do feel for his wife. The latest news suggests that she may be facing charges. She always seemed so honest. Perhaps living with a shit rubs off?
Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: 8_Pints
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 07:06 PM

Don't forget either the point raised by Emma Nicholls on the Newsnight programme. He raised millions of pounds for the Kurds following the Sadam Hussein persecutions, but none of it appears to have reached the intended beneficiaries.

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:27 PM

Oh dear - I'm a Sagittarian...

I'd like to believe in the distinction Ickle Dorrit made there. Then I remmember Robert Maxwell - to name a total crook who was really big in the Labour Party, but who's not in a position to get litigious, unlike...


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Bagpuss
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:21 PM

Yes, Archer will now have plenty of time in which to steal ideas for new stories.....

And maybe he will study for a real degree instead of the ficticious one he has held for many years.

Bagpuss


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Lanfranc
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:20 PM

Your Stars for Today

Sagittarius

An unexpected decision will give you a nasty shock, but never mind - time is a great healer!

FIAT IUSTITIO, RUIT COELO

(Let justice be done, though the heavens fall)


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:08 PM

I agree about the Daily Star McGrath, utter shite. Just to clarify I meant the money over morals remark in the context of those individuals within the Tory Ranks who sold their souls for personal gain, as opposed to New Labours strategy for public/private partnership a matter on which you and I may or may not agree.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: mousethief
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:04 PM

Every time I see the thread title, I think "Jailer (Gaoler) purged for archery"

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 05:51 PM

the man typified the Tory ethos of money over morals.

True, but he'd fit just as well in the New Model Labour Party, which has in effect adopted that same ethos.

(And The Daily Star incidentally is a really disgusing newspaper, even by the standards of the British tabloids.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 05:34 PM

Little to add really - other than the man typified the Tory ethos of money over morals. Having just watched Panorama it seems evident that the Tory leadership knew of his outrageous deceits and preferred to turn a blind eye - It will be sweet revenge if the Daily Star decide to sue him for the return of costs and damages -which is reckoned in today's terms to be around 2.2 million. Anyway -another one banged up to rights - let's hear it Hoorah Hoorah Hoorah!


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 05:13 PM

Well it's the kind of thing that doesn't matter - but if we were talking about the ceremonial customs of the Sea Dyaks we'd try to get it tight, so you might as well when it's the quirks of the English honours system.

Anyway the man isn't a Sir - if he was there's no problem in taking the knighthood away. It just needs the Queen, under instruction from the Prime Minister, to say off with his title, and he's no more a "Sir" than I am.

It happened to Anthony Blunt a few years ago when they found that before advising the Royal Family on their impressive art collection, he'd done a bit of spying for the Russians. Or rather, when the papers found out - the Royal Family and the Government had known about it for years, and they'd all decided to keep schtum, and he promised to stop the spying lark, and appears to have done so.

But Lords are another matter - it'd take a special act of parliament to do it, and the last time it happened was in 1917 when the peer in question was fighting in the German Army.

I couldn't work up a head of steam against Jeffrey Archer, not like against most of his mates. Of you think of the fella George Clooney played in Oh Brother Where Art Thou - well there's something of that about him. A conman on a roller coaster taking everyone for what he could get.

And I feel a certain gratitude to anyone who could show up everyone in the Tory party from Maggie Thatcher up look quite such pathetic dupes and sycophants.

Maybe he'll suddenly announce that he's really been a leftie all this time, and that's precisely why he did it all these years, to destroy the Tories. Yet another twist of the plot. And if he did there are some people who would believe him - and that's yet another twist...

It really is a shame he can't write better. Badly maybe, but a lot better.


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Penny S.
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 04:30 PM

I have an impressive memory of the guy - I didn't know it was him at the time - if it was - (he wasn't anyone then, anyway). Last year, a photo of the event appeared in the paper, attributed to a different time, place and circumstance, where I could not have seen it.

I once saw a man who appeared as Puck in an amateur production of the Dream, outdoors in a Dover park, with the stage background provided by high privet hedges. Puck's entries were made over these hedges, aided by a small trampoline. V-e-r-y impressive. And last year, a picture of this production appeared in the press. It looked like the shots I remember, and it looked like Archer, and my family concur with me. Why it was necessary to set it somewhere else I can't think. But it was good!

Penny


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 04:27 PM

Perhaps there should now be a proper enquiry into the death of Benny the bullshitter. After all the lovers of Diana the martyr were never shy of suggesting that the establishment had caused her car crash. What might have hapened to Archer if Coghlan had also been available as a witness?


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Subject: RE: BS: Archer jailed for perjury
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 04:25 PM

I think I probably disliked him more than I did Robert Maxwell


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