Posts Tagged “rebekah brooks”

Phone hacking trial: Coulson found guilty, Cameron apologises

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2014

The long-awaited trial of David Cameron’s former director of communications, Andy Coulson, concluded today, with the jury finding him guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails as part of the phone-hacking scandal. All Coulson’s co-defendants, including former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, were all found not guilty of various […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #61: Ross Kemp

by Stephen Tall on March 1, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Ross Kemp Actor, broadcaster and former husband of ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks Reason: for ensuring The Sun recognised its coverage of Frank Bruno’s mental illness was brutal and wrong. Newspapers are rarely […]

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 […]

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 […]

LDVideo: Vince and Shirley’s war on Murdoch, while Nick savages PCC as “busted flush”

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2011

There’s no doubt about the big story this week: Rupert Murdoch being forced to close the biggest-selling British newspaper in a brazen bid to ride out the illegal hacking story that threatens his media empire. Vince Cable’s prophetic powers first came to prominence during the economic storm that came close to collapsing the banking system. […]

In Praise of Nick Davies, the British Bernstein & Woodward to Murdoch’s Nixon

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2011

One man, above all, deserves to be singled-out for his single-minded pursuit of the lies, deceit and criminality that have stained British journalism: The Guardian’s special correspondent, Nick Davies. His has been a lonely crusade. Despite the mounting evidence of corrupt practices, the tentacles of which have extended right into the very centre of the […]