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Rundle: the Brooks go to jail, and Murdoch’s problems get worse

Every day it sits, Leveson reveals a whole new level of complicity, turning the picture around. But with no sanction powers, or tight evidentiary rules, its lawyers can go on fishing expeditions.

And what of Charlie Brooks? His involvement may involve many issues — he is after all a friend of the Prime Minister’s, who is conveniently in the US while all this is going on — but not least concern “Horsegate”, the scandalette in which Brooks was lent an old police horse, for riding purposes.

It now appears that the horse may have been gained by offering an internship to a Met officer’s son, or something — to tell you the truth I’ve been following this thing all day and still haven’t covered all the angles. The story has sprawled beyond the boundaries of the individual mind — there is simply too much of it to take in. It will run and run, long after the last drop of vicarious joy has been rung from it. It may outlast News Corp in Britain — and it has a pretty good chance to outlive Rupert Murdoch.

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  1. Media licensees must, of course, be fit and proper persons.
    ‘Fit’ meaning able to walk unassisted to the committee table and tell lies without the aid of a breathing apparatus and ‘proper’ meaning able to avoid overpaying the police so as not to unduly inflate the price of bribery.

    by Andybob on Mar 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  2. It’s 8.58pm..and not one comment save for mine on this amaaaaaaaaaaazing development

    by Kevin Herbert on Mar 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  3. I don’t want to defend the indefensible. But your Guy who writes so brilliantly on US politics and culture may be mistaking some legal basics. According to the Grauniad, Brooks is yet to be charged with anything: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/13/rebekah-brooks-and-husband-arrested-phone-hacking

    Arrested on ‘suspicion’ is not yet ‘charged’ in the sense of formally accused, to face committal.

    Still, let the glacier of justice slowly grind …

    by Graeme Orr on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  4. 2 hours 50 minutes later: Brooks is finished. What could she do? They don’t want Murdoch - he’d get off. His power is gone. He can barely stay credible in a backwater like Australia. Brooks - gone.

    by sickofitall on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  5. Kevin,
    Stunned into silence?

    by Puff, the Magic Dragon. on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:19 am

  6. Doesn’t it make you wonder about the Federal police and the NSW police and News Ltd in Australia? How do we know there are no payments for information going on here? Did we all learn nothing from Fitzgerald? How do we know that some political leaks are not from phone taps? During the Fitzgerald inquiry the complicity of the media in government corruption was pointed out by the commissioner. Some of these facts are conveniently forgotten. Perhaps the Murdochs learned a lot of their craft at home.

    by sottile6 on Mar 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

  7. @ Kevin I read about this early Tuesday in an Irish Newspaper, because I expected more information there. Brooks husband is identified as a good friend of the Prime Minister of Britain. @ Sottile6 I have not forgotton Fitzgerald though back then I had no real interest in governance and political sins against the peoples. I am sick of the blow by blow instalments! I have no doubt much of what went on in Britian with NoTW was mirrored in some way here. My own experience is enough for me to know our media and politicians fall a long way short of the often promoted ideal. What is the comfortable arrangements which result in certain media interest with the capacity to influence being given drops and ride alongs. While independents are simply ignored by police media. There is enough grist for the political mill in Australia where abuse of power and influence peddling is alive and well. Edward James

    by Edward James on Mar 15, 2012 at 5:37 am

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