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Leveson narrows Cameron’s fightback window

3 May 2012

During the government’s recent troubles, Cameroons have talked about the ‘window’ for action that David Cameron will have if Boris does win the
mayoralty. But that window got a lot smaller with the news that Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks are appearing at the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday and Friday next week.

Their appearances means that, next week, the media won’t be dominated by discussion of the Queen’s speech but by one of Cameron’s biggest misjudgments: his decision to get so
close to News International. If there are anywhere near as many text messages between Cameron and Brooks as Peter Oborne alleges then it will be, at best,
horribly embarrassing for the Prime Minister. Equally, if Coulson is questioned about the process by which he was hired by the Conservatives, that could also cause the party leadership some

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  • James

    And who investigates the investigators?

  • MilkSnatcher

    We should enact a lawe similar to the Presidential Records Act in the US whereby all communications to and from the President can be published. T Blair and his walk in the woods with Bush, and Cameron with his texts to and from Rebekah would be instantly wiped out.

  • perdix

    Don’t forget it was Cameron who set up the Leveson inquiry and said let the chips fall where they may.His association with NI and other media was no different than any other leader but since he’s PM the focus is on him at this time, helped of course by Liebour, AlBeeb, Guardian and editors wanting to sell newspapers.He will come out of it smeared but found not guilty of any impropriety.Leveson has a lot of ground to cover with actors from other parties – and what about the Motorman files and the fact that Liebour did nothing when the hacking took place?

  • Jannie Geldenhuys

    Dave’s goose is cooked I am afraid.

    He is just way too tarnished by all this.

    He needs to put party and country ahead of his own ambition and stand down. but he wont so the backbenchers are going to have to do what Labour failed to do to Brown.

  • dorothy wilson

    The revenge of old Labour? They’ve waited a long time to get back at Murdoch for standing up to the unions. It seems they are determined to pay him back.

  • John Jefferson Burns

    This is magic copy for the East Coast papers. Murdoch has ground the Wall Street Journal into the dust. It now has the currency of the Sun or USA Today. As Brooks and Coulson put more pressure on your PM so the pressure piles on Rupert in his adopted home.

    Is he a fit man to run Fox News?

  • tom jones

    I may be a Tory supporter, but Cameron deserves all the flack he’s got coming to him. He shouldn’t have gotten so close to the Murdochs and just saying that Blair and other did too doesn’t make it any better. 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  • Mirtha Tidville

    By the way are we going to hear anymore about the horse do you know??

  • Woody

    Instead of keeping getting on David Cameron’s back, let’s remember who set up this enquiry. Labour had ample opportunity over their thirteen years to do this but once again the media have collective amnesia.
    David Cameron more or less admitted on Marr that it would get worse before it got better and I agree. If this doesn’t clear the stables out, then nothing will.

  • Johnnydub

    I don’t understand why the Tories have left the Leveson enquiry morph from an investigation into broad press misbehavour into an Anti-Murdoch lynch mob.

    It was clear from the Motorman fiels that the Daily Mail and the Mirror have more questions to answer than NI, yet Brown’s bovver boys have semmeingly had a clear run in deliveriung on Brown’s psychotic threat to get NI…

    On so many levels the current Tories are indescribably useless…

  • oldtimer

    If all this is true then Cameron`s chances of survival are low. The Conservatives should then choose a new leader to attack Miliband, who is not without his weak points. First among these is the fact he was, as Secretary of State, responsible for the passage of the Climate Change Act. Removal of the absurd provisions of that Act, and its exorbitant cost for every family in the land, would be very popular.

  • toco

    So the appearance of these two at Leveson is more important than the economy,health,education and welfare reform to name but four.The media needs to try to start living in the real world for a change.If there was anything terrible to hide Cameron would hardly have set up Leveson in the first place but I appreciate this is not welcome news to media hacks and the BBC because they find reporting the truly substantial issues of the day beyond their natural abilities.

  • Vulture

    Love the euphemisms, James… ‘misjudgements’..’horribly embarrassing’.. why don’t you admit what everyone else knows.

    Ever since the Budget Dave has been toast. He’s had it. He won’t come back from this mess. Ever.

  • Charles

    It is interesting though, that in each of these cases, the Tories are standing up for due process.

    Sack Hunt – not before he has the chance to give evidence to the inquiry

    Condemn Murdoch – not if the Committee hasn’t reviewed the evidence and had the chance to question witnesses.

    It may be politically dangerous, but I’m rather proud that the Tories are standing up for what is *right* rather than what is political expedient

  • Ian Walker

    Time for Ms Brooks to talk a walk in the woods, David Kelly style?

  • Austin Barry

    A dozen emails a day? That sounds awfully like, to be charitable, infatuation.

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