Tuesday, 12 July 2011

What a week to live in Wapping

It's not every day that you walk out of Waitrose to see a red Range Rover sweep past you and get back home, switch on the news and find out that an embattled Rupert Murdoch was in the car.

I'm no lover of other people's pain. And I'm no lovers of blood sports. But to watch the underdogs of the Guardian and the Indy slowly ripping the jugular out of News International like two enraged and tenacious pitbulls does put a smile on my face.

There is no doubt in my mind that Rebekah Brooks should resign because either she was party to illegal hacking or she should resign through incompetence if she didn't know what was going on. Either way, she certainly shouldn't still in be her job right now.

It would be too easy to sit back and celebrate the demise of the News Of The World. It's certainly true that a world without that horrid rag is a better world than one with it; but there are still other horrors lurking in the British press.

An easy way to see which papers have been involved in illegal hacking is to look at how they have covered it this week. The Guardian and the Indy are going in for the kill. They are so confident that there is nothing lurking in their closets to be discovered by the Met investigation that they have nothing to fear. It took a couple of days before the FT joined in on the act; showing some confidence that they haven't hacked the phones of any murdered schoolgirls.

But look at the coverage in the Daily Mail, The Express, The Daily Star. Even the Daily Mirror has only bring itself to dance on the grave of News International and has not condemned the hacking. It almost makes you wonder whether they are scared that if they shout too loudly, their closet door will creak open and then who knows what will fall out.

As I say, I don't take pleasure in other people's displeasure - but if the Murdochs and the horrible Brooks woman are going down then it would be a mighty shame if the despicable Paul Dacre wasn't also burnt on the same pyre...

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