Isabel Oakeshott sues the GuardianPP

Isabel Oakeshott is suing the Guardian after it suggested that the way in which she got her agenda setting diplomatic cables scoop over the weekend was by sleeping with either Nigel Farage or Arron Banks. 

In the print version of an article by the Guardian’s John Crace, the paper published the line “Not least because the only way Isabel Oakeshott, the journalist who got the leaked emails, ever gets a scoop is if Nigel or Arron Banks slips it to her.”

Perhaps she wants a job ...

It was a pretty shitty thing of Crace to do. Amazed that the editors let that line through. Doubt they would have done so if the female journalist being referred to was a lefty. 

I also doubt they would have done so if the journalist being referred to was not female. 

Her work doesn't so much speak for itself but oink.

Elfi perhaps you should work for the guardian? She’s not suing anyone, and there quote you posted is wrong.

Other than that, great post. 

It was supposed to be “the”, I’m blaming my iPhone. 

I don’t blame her, it’s not just defamatory it’s blatantly sexist.  Should never have been published, like her work or not, there is no cause to be accusing a married woman of sleeping with someone to get stories.  Disgusting.

People overlook that John Crace is a self-confessed manic depressive and ex-heroin addict who writes SATIRICAL PARLIAMENTARY SKETCHES that are NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY OR INDEED SERIOUSLY.

The brilliant Marina Hyde has said many far more offensive (though equally funny) things about male politicians and no one bats an eyelid.


So I assume she'll be suing the Sunday Times next?

Can't let such blatant defamation stand after all. 

...there is no cause to be accusing a married woman of sleeping with someone to get stories.  Disgusting.

Irony, Non?


Oakeshott is married to Nigel Rosser. They have three children. In 2018, she separated from her husband and began a relationship with businessman and Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice.

>> Smoke

>> Fire

>> Whatever


1. As PM points out there are 3 very similar versions of what is essentially the same message

2. Why didn't the Guardian editors, who presumably knew it would cause *ahem* "comment", cut it?

3. The message is being openly re-printed in the other newspapers, ditto (2) here also.

4. Guardian and other re-printing papers are deemed to have widespread journalist integrity (are not just scandal sheets)


So - who might she have p1ssed off so badly for what seems to be an open, concentrated and widespread assassination job on her? 

is it though?  i'm not passing judgment either way, that's for the courts if she takes it that far; but the story may be true just as much as it might not be.

she is loathed pretty much universally in the media community though for her role in naming Vicky Pryce as her source in the Chris Huhne points on the licence/perverting the course of justice story which led to Pryce going to jail.

grassing sources like that is generally seen as an absolute no no in the media (Alan Rusbringer former Guardian editor also did same) so for sure a huge amount of people may be out to get her.