June 27, 2019

Cameron promises phone hack inquiry

D for disgusting, D for deplorable, D for David. Now class tomorrows letter is P. P for politician, P for predictable, P for promise.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to set up a public inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World.

He said claims that the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler had been hacked, with some messages deleted, were “disgusting”.

Whle we are on the ‘D’ word theme, News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch said the allegations were “deplorable.”

Don’t expect the inquiry any time soon though, because Mr Cameron says we need to wait until the police investigation is over.

Rupert Murdoch who is the owner of News of the World, has showed his ‘devotion’ to News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of the News of the World at the time.

Rupert said “I have made clear that our company must fully and proactively cooperate with the police in all investigations and that is exactly what News International has been doing and will continue to do under Rebekah Brooks’ leadership.”

There has been massive public outcry over the hacking of 13-year-old Milly Dowler’s voicemail by an investigator working for the News of the World after she disappeared near her home in Surrey in 2002.

This follows allegations that dozens of politicians and celebrities, including actor Hugh Grant and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, were also targeted.

There is one universal rule about inquiries instigated by politicians. If there is any chance the government will look bad then the terms of reference will prevent any meaningful outcome.