the government is called upon to launch a judicial inquiry into the
phone hacking scandal at the News of the World you would think there was
a news blackout with half of the national press ignoring the story.
This morning the Guardian reports that another News of the World journalist has been suspended over phone hacking.
The interesting thing about this celebrity reporter is that they had
been at the paper since 2005 working there while Andy Coulson was still
editor. It is also during the time Coulson is alleged by the New York Times to have freely discussed the use phone hacking with reporters.
David Cameron’s media advisor Coulson has denied the report in the
New York Times and has always denied he had knowledge of phone hacking
used by reporters. It beggars belief. If you were editor would you not
want to know where and how your reporters were getting their stories?
Coulson claims ignorance. Or head in the sand or something.
The bad news for Cameron, Coulson and the News of the World has
spread to Scotland Yard. It is being accused of having too close a
relationship with the tabloid after the New York Times quoted an unnamed
detectives saying that the investigation into the phone hacking had
been cut short because of its tabloid love in.
The NY Times alleges that Scotland Yard did not share all the
information it had with the Crown Prosecution Service and if it had done
the conclusion it would have reached would have been a different one.
Tom Watson, the former Labour minister, has called on the government
to set up an inquiry into the relationship between Scotland Yard and
Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
As Cameron is on holiday, Watson has written to deputy prime
minister, Nick Clegg, saying that the testimony given to the New York
Times is grounds for a judicial inquiry.
John Prescott is one of a number of public figures who are reported
to be considering legal action against the police for failing to inform
them that their phones were being tapped.
Others considering legal action are Sky TV football commentator Andy
Gray, the far left former MP George Galloway, and Max Clifford’s one
time assistant, Nicola Phillips.
The News of the World is thought to have engaged in illegal phone
activity with dozens of celebrities and public figures including Prince
William, Prince Harry, former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, London
Mayor Boris Johnson and former England football manager Steve McClaren.