Since we are to have a Judicial Inquiry into the wicked Press, shouldn’t we also have one into wicked politicians?
Journalists can be nasty, and newspapers beastly, but their misdeeds are as nothing set beside those of governments.
Governments also hack into phones, poke their noses into our personal affairs and misuse the information they obtain.
Peter Hitchens, the Daily Mail, 17th July 2011. Daily Mail, 17th July 2011.
'Someone's coming to get me': Terrified phone-hacking whistleblower feared for his life before he was found dead
- Sean Hoare found dead at his flat in Watford, Herts
- Ex NotW reporter's claims last autumn reignited scandal
- Mr Hoare claimed Coulson's denials of phone hacking were 'a lie'
- Police probing former showbiz reporter's 'suicide'
- Friends suggest he may have died of natural causes
- Post mortem being carried out this morning
Times of India: 19th July 2011
LONDON: The News of the World crisis turned severe after UK's top police officer and one of his deputies resigned following allegations of taking favours from an ex-editor of the publication. Stephenson, London's metropolitan police commissioner at Scotland Yard, took responsibility for his force appointing Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor of News of the World, as a public relations adviser.
Pointing a finger at Cameron, Stephenson suggested the PM risked being "compromised" by his proximity to former NOTW editor and Cameron's media director until January, Andy Coulson. "Once Neil Wallis's name did become associated (with hacking scandal), I did not want to compromise the PM in any way by revealing or discussing a potential suspect who clearly had a close relationship with Coulson," said Stephenson. Coulson is currently on bail.
The Metro: 19th July 2011
The odds on the prime minister leaving office plummeted after he came under fire for leaving for the trip on Sunday night and for his links to News International.
Mr Cameron is today due to return early from the planned four-day visit to Africa, and faces an emergency extra session in the House of Commons tomorrow.
Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper said it looked like ‘one rule for the police and one for the prime minister’ – a reference to Sunday’s resignation of Met boss Sir Paul Stephenson over the scandal.
Sir Paul had aimed a barb at Mr Cameron’s ties to shamed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was employed as the prime minister’s head of communications in Downing Street.
Labour backbenchers Dennis Skinner and Sir Gerald Kaufman called for the prime minister to quit. ‘When is dodgy Dave going to do the decent thing and resign?’ Mr Skinner asked.
Labour leader Ed Miliband refused to call for Mr Cameron’s head. It was, however, time for the prime minister to ‘apologise’ for employing Mr Coulson, he said. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said Mr Cameron should ‘absolutely not’ resign.
He added: ‘Let’s keep some perspective. The fear that people have is that a criminal investigation could be jeopardised by the contact between the police and media.’
Downing Street said the Africa trip was beneficial in drumming up British business opportunities. And Mr Cameron insisted he was taking ‘all appropriate action’, such as setting up a judicial inquiry into the hacking scandal.
‘I have been out there in parliament and in press conferences, fully answering the questions, fully transparent, very clear about what needs to be done,’ he added.
MPs will today quiz News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch, his son, James – chairman of News International – and NI’s former chief executive Rebekah Brooks over phone-hacking and police corruption allegations.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes yesterday slashed the odds on Mr Cameron leaving office from 100/1 to 8/1.