Daily Archives: September 7, 2010

The Andy Coulson phone hacking affair is in danger of descending into a political slanging match, when it is actually much more important than that. It is about press practices, the rule of law, personal privacy – not just the Coulson’s future as David Cameron chief spinner.

These are all issues one might expect Liberal Democrats to get excited about. But the party bigwigs have been silent on the matter – a far cry from before the election, when Chris Huhne said:

Andy Coulson’s defence is that he did not know what was going on despite the mounting evidence that his newsroom was widely using illegal phone hacking. Either he was complicit in crime, or he was one of the most incompetent Fleet Street editors of modern times. Neither should be a top recommendation to David Cameron.

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How much longer will the UK subject its citizens to an extradition regime that acts like a mindless and robotic catapult, flinging people across the Atlantic at the mere whim of US Homeland Security? Read more

Electoral reformers face uphill sruggle – FT
Cameron’s fresh EU rebate battle – FT
Phone hacking inquiry was abandoned to avoid upsetting police – Guardian
Bookies give Coulson 88% chance of leaving before Tory party conference – Smarkets
Ed Balls, political hero – Mary Riddell, The Telegraph
Statesman in shorter trousers hit by a noxious cloud of mockery – The Times (£)
Four in 10 Lib Dems would not vote for them again – The Independent