The Prime Minister, who brought Coulson into the heart of Downing Street, said: “I take full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson.
“I did so on the basis of undertakings I was given by him about phone hacking and those turned out not to be the case.
“I always said that if they turned out to be wrong, I would make a full and frank apology and I did that today. I am extremely sorry that I employed him. It was the wrong decision and I am very clear about that.”
So think about that. Someone who has a pretty massive skeleton rattling around is employed by a party leader who them becomes Prime Minister and is continued to be employed by them even though these claims have not been brought to court, and the evidence has never been heard in court. Think about all the information Coulson had access to in his time under Cameron and how compromising that could be?
As bad as that is and as many questions Cameron now needs to seriously answer (because this isn’t going to vanish after a feeble apology) the reaction of some of those friends of the accused and guilty are frankly, fucking evil. Let’s start with the reaction of Louise Mensch…
I know the reaction of any decent person when finding out someone is guilty of massive corruption is to say how much they admire them and want to work with them. I look forward to Mensch praising Gary Glitter and wishing she’d been a groupie in the 1970’s rather than the 1990’s.
But there’s more. Not content with admiring someone found guilty of several charges, she’s having a go at Hacked Off.
After all Hacked Off only want an actual free press that’s accountable to the public rather than a press who can lie about people at the whim of it’s powerful and wealthy owners and the people they employ. Who needs actual democracy when you can suck up to Rupert Murdoch?
Then there’s professional arsehole Jeremy Clarkson.
I’m glad he’s happy. After all, those victims of phone hacking don’t matter as much as Rebekah Brooks being found not guilty of the charges laid at her feet, including that of conspiring to conceal evidence. She may well be not guilty of those charges but what we now know of her thanks to the trial confirms that she’s a nasty bit of work because being found not guilty does not magically make a bullying arsehole any less of a bullying arsehole.
Finally, there’s Piers Morgan, the man everyone should hate.
That’s ‘a good man’ Andy Coulson, now guilty of conspiring to hack phones while editor of The News of the World, and now the fifth employee of that paper and News International convicted of such crimes.
So what is missing from all of these comments? What don’t these people seem to care about in their attempts to slap convicted criminals and liars on the back for being great mates of theirs?
Here’s Milly Dowler. It was her case which sparked this.
It was Dowler’s voicemails that were deleted by News of the World ‘journalists’ which after an investigation by the Guardian, ended up with this trial, and now conviction, of at least two of those accused of hacking phones. Brooks may be innocent of this but it’s very, very clear a vile culture of breaking the law was rife at the News of the World and the reactions of Morgan, Mensch, Clarkson and Cameron ignore this as they choose to pat their friends on the back or apologise for giving them a ‘second chance’ they shouldn’t have had in the first place.
So remember the victims of the hacking here, many of which will never get justice or even be remembered as the likes of Morgan and Mensch trample over them to proclaim how wonderful a person convicted criminal Andy Coulson is.