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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
  Phone Hacking and Andy Coulson
I think people have been missing the point when looking at the Phone Hacking issue.

There is quite an important constitutional issue about MPs being bugged by someone privately and information collected. In a sense this has been swallowed up by the fact that the senior manager of the newspaper who was
a) In place when this happened, but
b) Who resigned because he took responsiblity for it happening on his watch

is now working for the government. He has accepted a sanction for what happened and his "fingerprints" have not been found on the details. Hence, unless more evidence is found he has no further questions to answer.

I think Teresa May is right to leave the operational questions to the police. They are, however, subject both to judicial review and to any actions that parliament may wish to take.

Much that I don't think this is an issue for the government. I do think it is an issue both for the police and parliament.

I have supported the calls for there to be a reference to the Standards and Privileges Committee here and would support an application for judicial review if one was to be made.
 
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