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London Mayor Boris Johnson's former deputy has been left red-faced after a series of selfies revealing his chap found their way onto Facebook. Richard Barnes, 65, has denied that he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, which feature full frontal shots of his meat'n'two veg. The images were deleted soon after. The photos ( …

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Anonymous Coward

Pix or it didn't happen.

"Do you really think I would be that f****** stupid after 30 years in politics?”

Yes. After all, you were stupid enough to take the pictures in the first place.

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

He's denied that he's even seen the photos, and he's denying all knowledge of their existence.

There's proof of 30 years' experience in politics right there.

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

Taking the pictures isn't the problem.

Not understanding the medium when publishing them is the problem.

The fucking moron is absolutely clueless about current technology.

The scary part is that the fucking moron is involved in policy & procedure decisions in a nuclear state ...

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

Well... Look on the bright side, at least we know GCHQ snooping isn't being used by politicians to vet other politicians so might be held in check a little more than we feared.

... But then again,why has Cameron been looking so happy recently.

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

Erm... if the pictures are of the 'meat'n'veg' framed by unbuttoned shirt and pants, how does anyone know if it's him at all? Is his face in any of the pictures?

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

London is a nuclear state? We must launch the missile strike against Slough now!

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

I'm starting to feel like a bit of a weirdo here. Am I the only person left in the world who hasn't taken naked pictures of themselves on their 'phone ?

Obviously I have the specialist stuff done by the professional from Playgirl, but that was, as previously discussed, just a way of generating money for drugs and prostitutes.........

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@jake - Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

"The scary part is that the fucking moron is involved in policy & procedure decisions in a nuclear state ..."

FFS, exaggerating much? He was a Deputy Mayor, not someone who's got their finger on the Big Red Button...!

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

As a friend once said: "If it's a digital photo, it'll end up on the web...so DON'T TAKE IT!"

// rolls of film in the pocket, thanks

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

I saw a pixellated version the other day, before they were all taken down. Yes, it was him. It wasn't the face that was pixellated ;)

OTOH who really cares. Silly fail and all that, but hoho! Now move on.

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Re: Is his face in any of the pictures?

Not the ones I saw, but they were poor quality so someone could have easily stuck his face on.

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

London is a nuclear state? We must launch the missile strike against Slough now!

From the looks of it, someone already did!

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Falling apart, piece by piece

First he loses his seat, and now his todger's got loose on the web.

Whatever next?

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Re: Falling apart, piece by piece

Whatever next?

A hanging vote?

Sorry, couldn't help myself. It's Friday.

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"but the simple fact is that he hasn’t actually done anything wrong"

True, unless it turned out that the Member was the Member of the Member himself.

It might then be argued that such behavior constitutes "Exposing onself in a Public place".

You can't get more Public than the Internet.

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Re: "but the simple fact is that he hasn’t actually done anything wrong"

I was thinking exactly the same thing. He would be jailed and classed a sex offender for the rest of his life if he were here in the US.

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...he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, ...

I categorically refute these allegations.

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Re: ...he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, ...

No, you categorically deny. To refute is to prove that the allegations are false.

But why use a small word when a diminutive one will do...

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New job required

Give the man a mac ( not the silicon kind), let him stand in front of parliament and offer sweeties to the Lords, Ladies and bottom feeders as they enter the Houses of Parliament.

Why was he taking pictures of his dick anyway ? Who was he intending to share them with......?

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Loving the headline

+1 to el reg.

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This line tickled me too...

"Barnes appears to have escaped with the support of his colleagues intact" - original euphemistic double-entendre? Never heard them referred to as "colleagues" before, exposed or otherwise. Paxman will be quizzing him about his outfitter sometime soon...

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Forget the member...

The photo is not the problem, it is the fact he is so flagrantly denying it despite the evidence. As a politician he has lost the trust of the public. Had he said "yeah, bit embarrassing eh, I made a mistake" then he would have done nothing wrong but lying in the face of the evidence is ridiculous.

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Re: Forget the member...

Mysterious "hackers" strike again.

I'm worried now, if my phone is hacked does it force me to undress and take multiple photos in front of a mirror? Unbelieveable what they can do with technology these days.

I HATE such flaky, cop out, excuses. "I messed up and automatically uploaded some pictures that were never intended to be seen by anyone but my current squeeze" and this story would blow over.

But pretending you're not responsible, when it's photos YOU clearly took (i.e this isn't a friend or lover taking snaps then going straight to the media) it just makes you appear even more foolish than someone who's put wang-photos on the net.

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Re: Forget the member...

Don't be silly, it was his Facebook account which was accessed and that gave them access to all those photos on his phone. After all, he's clearly stated that he didn't upload the photos there

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Re: Forget the member...

Are you being serious or have I mis read?

There would be lots of consequences to someone getting your facebook login but the ability to access pictures stored on a phone is not one of them.

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Re: Mysterious "hackers" strike again

Can hackers really induce a man to pull down his trouers, whip out his iPhone, and snap pictures of his tackle? Or were the pictures taken at a discrete distance, then enhanced with one of those computers they use on CSI?

"Use the trouser-removal algorithm to ENHANCE the crotch image." *dons sunglasses* YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHH!

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Nothing new here

after all politicians are just dicks.

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Devil

*snerk*

Add him to the list of people who have no clue how the Internet works.

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common sense infraction

If the chap wants to take pictures of his own junk, good for him. Each to their own.

But even a technical illiterate knows that having such pics on your mobile phone is just asking for trouble. You would think a politician would understand this more than most. If he's guilty of anything its having a complete disregard for common sense, for which I am sure the press will duly punish him.

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Re: common sense infraction

"If he's guilty of anything its having a complete disregard for common sense"

We already know he's a politician, so that is a given.

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How come?

How come so many of Boris' mates end up as a huge embarrrasment or before the beak or in the pokey?

Still room in Pentonville for Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

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Terrible hacking experience

“Have you ever been hacked? Well I have been hacked. Someone’s got in there and put the picture up.”

Yes, sure, that someone's also got into your house, unbuttoned your shirt, pulled down your trousers and took the pictures. While you were totally unaware of the dirty hackers being there. That must be exactly how it's happened.

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Re: Terrible hacking experience

Maybe "hacked" means something else to him. Like things involving dogs, cottages and cabana boys named Roger :)

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"the simple fact is that he hasn’t actually done anything wrong"

I don't use Facebook: are you allowed to put photos of yourself on it with your willy out? ITWSBT.

Then again, wasn't it invented to supply stolen pictures to perverts in the first place, or did I watch the wrong movie?

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Do you really think I would be that f****** stupid after 30 years in politics?”

But he is fucking stupid enough to take the pics in the first place.... and have them on his devices..

If you really need* the pics use a camera without connectivity and securely stash your memcard.

*presumably he's concerned that in a few years he'll forget what it looked like...

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Anthony Weiner, Sr.--is that you?

Another advent in U.S. politics crosses the pond. Sorry about that one Britain....

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I for one...

... don't want to see the pictures when it "blows over".

Fantastic article... haven't seen that much dodgy implicature in ages.

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Perverts

Taking pics of your naked self is disgusting, degrading and immoral. All very Tory then!

Won't someone think of the children?

(Even I don't believe it, but you can hear mumsnet now)

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Um, guys

He's gay and you hope it blows over quickly? Was that an unintentional pun in the article?

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Nym

A picture of my WHAT??

OMG I didn't know I had that! (he says)

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