Andy Coulson and the Law
Much fuss about the yellow press listening to voicemail through knowing the default passwords. I’m rather more worried about their network of private detectives who had access, according to the print version, to police databases and to BT’s billing system. And I’m depressed about a group of journos who, given the keys to the 650 terabyte BSS/OSS database at BT Martlesham Heath, couldn’t think of anyone more interesting to spy on than Gordon Taylor. He’s not even the most interesting person in football I’d want to pull a STELLAR WIND call detail record/social network plot on.
But I’m really keen to know why nobody wants to mention that Andy Coulson, News of the Screws editor, and Rupert Murdoch’s ambassador to David Cameron, isn’t just mixed up in this. He is. But he’s also involved – according to the courts – in a dispute at the paper which ended with him and other execs trying to bully one of their employees’ doctor into changing his mind over whether they had bullied the employee into quitting. They further tried to force the guy to see a company doc – a Dickensian mine-owner’s trick – and two of Coulson’s direct reports (his deputy and the sports ed) were named by the court as having lied about the affair.
You want names? The liars are Paul Nicholas and Mike Dunn. But Coulson was in charge, just as he was during the spy operation. Now, if I was a pol looking to sink the Tory spin-control ship, I’d want to pull this story in as much as possible. A fit and proper person? Well…
But who, being fit and proper, would take on the job of a Tory Ali-C clone?