The Leveson Enquiry – A Diversion from the Truth……

7 Mar

The Leveson Enquiry is to journalism what the Hutton Enquiry was to the invasion of Iraq.  The ‘investigation’ into phone hacking was a token gesture by the Metropolitan Police until The Guardian revealed the appalling truth about Milly Dowler.  Suddenly, what had been treated largely as a celebrity gossip story crossed an ethical line and something had to be done……

David Cameron’s relationship with the Murdochs is what could be described as ‘cosy’, to use an ambiguous adjective.  It is a fact that he had 26 meetings in 15 months with them and Rupert Murdoch confirmed he entered 10 Downing Street through the back door “To avoid photographers at the front”.  He also confirmed that he visited Gordon Brown, entering through the back door, “many times”.  The appointment of Andy Coulson as Communications Director turned out to be an embarrassing decision for the Prime Minister, despite his protestations to the contrary.  The PM was also uncomfortably close to Rebekah Wade who admitted paying the Police for information when she appeared before a Parliamentary Select Committee.  The inference that an unhealthy relationship exists between politicians and the media is clear.  What was needed was a mechanism to divert attention away from Downing Street and turn the spotlight back onto journalists……

The Enquiry is in my opinion unnecessary.  The questions being asked are often hypothetical and the answers ambiguous; Q:  “Could the information have come from a hacked voicemail?”  A:  “It’s possible”.  This long and expensive process will not provide any constructive answers, nor will it lead to any prosecutions.  The Metropolitan Police have 150 officers assigned to the current investigation and thus far from the 4 previous investigations there has been only 1 conviction.  News International is paying 6 figure sums to the victims which is akin to buying immunity from the law.  As with the MP’s expenses scandal and the Hutton Enquiry, the dust will settle and the status quo will prevail.  Our democracy is an oligarchy in drag……

The last word goes to Ian Hislop who told the Leveson Enquiry everything it needed to know:

 

“Contempt of court is illegal. Phone tapping is illegal. Taking money from [redacted].  Policemen taking money is illegal. All of these things don’t need a code. We already have laws for them. The fact that these laws were not rigorously enforced is, again, due to the behaviour of the police, the interaction of the police and News International, and — I mean, let’s be honest about this — the fact that our politicians have been very, very involved, in ways that I think are not sensible, with senior News International people, and I hope you’ll be calling the Prime Minister and Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to explain how that comes down from the top.”

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