In (partial) defence of Labour’s so-called ‘Lay Off Murdoch’ instruction to party’s MPs

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2011

‘Lay off Murdoch’ — that was the ever-so-quotable paraphrase that the New Statesman used to accompany this article by Dan Hodges, revealing how the Labour Party press team had issued a circular ‘to all shadow cabinet teams warns Labour spokespeople to avoid linking hacking with the BSkyB bid, to accept ministerial assurances that meetings with […]

The Lib Dems on ‘Hackgate’ and Murdoch: Ashdown, Huhne, Hughes, Farron, Oakeshott all join the fray

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2011

It’s been a frenzied week in British politics, with attention for once focused less on the mis-deeds of politicans than the criminality practised by many journalists, both at the News of the World and beyond. Here’s a brief round-up of what the Lib Dems have been saying… BSkyB takeover: Lib Dems hint at backing Labour […]

‘Yates of the Yard’ should have listened to Huhne on ‘Hackgate’

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2011

Today’s Telegraph carries an interview with the Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner John Yates with a full mea culpa for his failure to get to grips with British journalism’s criminal free-for-all. As the paper notes: Mr Yates had the opportunity to reopen the case in 2009 but chose not to do so after just eight hours’ […]

Ed’s learning: he’s done a Dave over Murdoch

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2011

Credit where it’s due, fair’s fair, and well-played. As Paul Walter noted here on LDV on Wednesday, Labour leader Ed Miliband is having a good war, sticking up for clear and proper principles — a judge-led public inquiry, referring News International’s BSkyB bid to the Competition Commission, and the public call for the resignation of […]