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The Rubicon

The "Rubicon" metaphor, already a platitude.

When Rebekah Brooks admitted for the first time before the Parliamentary Culture Committee that she received information from the police, she was it seemed, dulled by a sense of her own high place in society, into believing that her off-handed admission would have no consequence. We all saw that live on TV and it is now on public record. I record noting many heads turn as she confirmed unwittingly to routine transactions with the Old Bill who had fed her with stories, salacious or otherwise, which she would then exploit for her overly cosy employer, Rupert Murdoch, "in the public interest."

I sympathise with Ms Brooks to some extent. In fact she did not even attempt to mitigate her position with a “public interest” defence. Nor did I mention her hair. Twelve months later she is facing Magistrates this very day.

Today Lord Leverson has submitted his report commissioned by Prime Minister Cameron.

Cameron must now decide if he is a slippery politician who might recoil from his pledge to honour his pledge, to accept an independent report, or take the Murdoch view of an independent view, to show two fingers, or prevaricate for ever. And for ever.

The Pyjama Parties are now over. We have crossed that Brook.

Not my joke. If only...

Only last week the mini twitter publicists were deplored for their lack of self-regulation.

These politicians are confused and divided, more or less on grounds of perceived self-interest, from my very free and unregulated perspective.

I believe I have insulted nobody, and I rely only on what I have personally observed.

I have observed Jeremy Hunt hiding behind trees to avoid being seen at a Murdoch party. Why would he do that?

I have observed Tory boys Hunt and Gove nodding like rear window puppies in defiance of Leverson before it was published.

Well done Hugh Grant. An amateur.


Cameron claimed in his response to Leverson that Hunt was vilified by the political opposition but vindicated by Leverson. Really? We might need to look into this?

I predict much squirming.


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by  Monkles 29 November 2012




Cameron might recoil from his pledge to honour his pledge

18 July 2011  Flaming Hips Rebekah Brooks has affectionately entertained would-be prime ministers, of differing hues, and duly endorsed each at will inexplicably, in exchange for what might sell newsprint.

Hunt vindicated by Leverson?

I predict excessive squirming.