he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice…

I thought I’d put together a list of things that upshot from the Murdoch hearings and immediately afterwards.

  1. NI was still paying Mulcaire
  2. Yates was told not to tell Cameron by Ed Llewellyn
  3. James Murdoch says it was all others’ fault, i.e. Hinton and Brooks
  4. Rebekah Brooks says George Osborne recommended Coulson
  5. 10 out of 45 Met press officers (Fedorcinos?) were ex-NI
  6. Dick Fedorcio knew nothing..he says
  7. He can’t say who recommended Wallis
  8. He blames Yates for things clearly in his responsibility
  9. He denies agreeing to Yates or Hayman meetingNI
  10. Neil Wallis worked for the Tories
  11. He may have been paid by NI
  12. He reported back to NI from the Met
  13. Alex Marunchak worked for the Met
  14. Alex Marunchak is a difficult subject for Rupert Murdoch personally
  15. David Cameron sort-of admitted being lobbied about BSkyB
  16. Andy Coulson wasn’t really vetted
  17. David Cameron won’t say if Control Risks vetted him for the purely Tory job
  18. Neville Thurbeck was a police informer
  19. Who had access to the Police National Computer
  20. Nick Raynsford MP claimed that a “senior officer in government service” was spied on
  21. Yates got Wallis’s daughter a job
  22. Wallis was hired because he could influence No.10 and Andy Coulson
  23. There will be an audit of lawful-intercept logs.

Some of those have moved on. Just to move things on further, it looks like Wallis was a walking Venn diagram – overlapping the Met, News International, the Conservative Party, and No.10 Downing Street. Dick “Scorchio” Fedorcio seems to have thought he was needed to exert influence over No.10.

You could mistake this for a parallel structure of power.


  1. Tim Silverman

    The thing that stands out about the police is the way nobody was doing their job properly, but they all assumed that was alright because everybody else would be doing their job properly. Thus Stephenson told told Yates to carry out a review without telling what he actually wanted him to do, asking what he was going to do, or asking (afterwards) what he’d done. Yates “assumed” that the original investigation has thoroughly gone over all the evidence, so he didn’t need to, without bothering to ask anyone what had actually happened. Fedorcio and Yates both came away from the conversation about Wallis with the impression that the other one was going to do all the real work. In fact, everybody was trying to get all their NI-related work off their desk and onto somebody else’s as quickly as possible without asking any questions about what was being done with it (or had been done with it) there.

    Also, senior policemen think they’re entitled to gigantic freebies from wealthy businessmen.




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