Monday, 24 January 2011

David Cameron's spin doctor Andy Coulson gets unspun over hack hacking scandal

The 'will he, won't he' question over whether David Cameron's over-worked spin doctor would be forced out of his job has been ticking on since before the last time I posted on this blog.

Yep, that's a long, long time.

But at long last Andy Coulson jumped ship, or was discretely forced to walk the plank, just 48 hours before former Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked police if his phone had been hacked.

The fact that Coulson walked on the day that the media was littered with details of the sad resignation of Alan Johnson from his Shadow Chancellor post was purely coincidental. A good day to bury bad news? Course not!

Coulson was the editor of the News of the World at the time of the phone hacking, in fact he has already resigned once from a post because of the scandal. A scandal in which the News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman has already served four months behind bards. Could Andy really not have known? Doubtful.

Should he have have been forced out his government post? Course he should. The question, is should he have been given the post in the first place with the scandal still hanging over him? Or the question should rather be, should the supposedly masterful spin doctor have stayed in post for so long knowing the storm clouds were gathering?

Even Tory-Lib Dem Government Minister and former hack Chris Hulne casts doubt on whether it is plausible that Coulson would not have known about the hacking being done by his own journalists.

While the questions grow, there's one that still hasn't been revealed. Of all the big names who were suspectedly hacked, which includes Gordon Brown and John Prescott, why Lenny Henry? What were you thinking Andy?

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