The depth of the phone hacking scandal is far greater than I thought. It seemed to be about a few celebs and a lot of faux anger from the Labour party who clearly saw it as an opportunity to put David Cameron under pressure because of his employment of Andy Coulson. It is clearly so much more than that.
I still believe Andy when he says that he didn't know about the hacking, more so now we can see just how filthy the whole thing was, but it is clear that there was an acceptance of "no questions asked" information gathering.
David Cameron is right to call for a public inquiry into this issue. The UK media is hugely important and I naturally feel very uncomfortable at anything which might look like limiting a free press, but it is in all our interests for public confidence in the papers to be maintained.
The attacks by the Labour party were opportunistic and may have blinded many Conservatives to the potential scale and implications of the phone hacking. Labour run the risk of over playing the situation again. By trying to tie this in with the BskyB acquisition, the employment of Andy Coulson etc. they are trying to embarrass the Conservatives rather than find the truth.
With regard to the police and their relationship with the media I'm going to keep quite on that for the moment. As I sit on the MPA's Professional Standards Cases Committee I may have to decided on cases linked to this.
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