It must have been a wrench for Rebekah Brooks when she had to leave her job as Chief Executive of News International with only a £11.8 million pay-off to soften the blow, but at least her social relationship with her old boss is intact. An informant on the Caribbean island of Antigua has emailed to [...]
David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance.
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As the often theatrical spectacle of the Leveson hearings – with its mix of posturing, jousting, inquisition and exposé – draws to a close, the big question is what Leveson will recommend this autumn. Will we see proposals that defend press freedom and promote high professional standards, or do we risk facing proposals that limit press freedom and serious investigative journalism?
In the first of a series of blogs this week looking at the politics of class, Alastair Campbell discusses Laura Wade’s Posh. The play, which, if any comparisons with the notoriously elite Bullingdon Club are drawn (of which Conservative trio David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson were all members) opens a more disturbing concern than our political leaders not knowing the price of milk. Last year the Prime Minister denied that there were similarities between the club he was famously a member of, and the destructive behaviour witnessed in the summer riots.
There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.
Take a step into Westminster square and what surrounds you are the buildings at the root of the failings of British Society. Buildings stained with the sweat of corruption, seeped in lies, and burnt egos. It’s 7pm, on the Thursday 17 May, and the square is empty, apart from a few paparazzi that stand outside the Westminster Methodist Hall, waiting for the entry of Hugh Grant, who is booked to speak at the Rally for Media Reform.
The man can’t even go horse riding with his old Eton buddy on a horse leant by the bobbies of London to his mates media magnate wife without everybody getting all “what the actual hell are you doing?” on his ass. Whoa…easy Press, there, there, suck on a sugar lump and relax yeah?
Much maligned Rebekah [...]
Sometimes the public gets what it deserves; other times it gets things like the Levenson Inquiry into phone-hacking. Many people may see the inquiry as a positive step toward cleaning up the practices of newspapers that they don’t read, but the whole process, although carried out in public and in the name of the public, is re-purposing itself toward a backward scrutiny of journalism.
However many parliamentary inquiries, committee hearings and police resignations take place as a result of the phone hacking scandal at News International, it is worth remembering that at the heart of the matter is an abject failure of journalistic ethics and craft.
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