Rebekah Brooks: More Human Than Human?

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As someone who followed the Leveson Inquiry with the kind of furrow browed concentration a slavering dog applies to a careless barbecue operator, the subsequent trial and inevitable revelations therein were front and centre on my radar.

Whether it’s the machinations of an ever hungrier media desperate to pad out their empty pages that enthralls me, or the theatrical hand wringing of a public completely taken aback that such things go on at all, let alone to feed their interest, I know not.

I guess I just like the idea of seeing those for whom the concept of personal responsibility is an abstract get a slapping.

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Hillsborough: Lies, Damn Lies & Disaster Management Logistics

Image: Jim Dyson/Getty Images Europe.

Perhaps the revelations of the Leveson Enquiry have desensitised us to corruption and collusion between the media, the police and government, but the full impact of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report has yet to be felt.

The enquiry found that police statements were systematically altered to support the theory that Liverpool FC fans were responsible for the events that left 96 dead, that that version of events was perpetuated  in the public domain by The Sun publishing of unsubstantiated reports as fact and the FA allowed a high profile cup tie to go ahead in a stadium without a safety certificate.

Right now, they’re all hunkered down, waiting to see which direction the shrapnel will fly in and where it will cause the most damage. Only one thing is certain. When the dust clears and those responsible are brought to book, their suffering will be inconsequential compared to that of the families who’ve spent the last 23 years being told that their son, daughter, father, mother, sister or brother was, at least in part, to blame for their own death.

That’s a bloody long time to walk alone.

Jeremy Hunt: Jog On, Old Chap

Despite causing a potentially fatal split in the coalition government over his handling of the BSKYB bid, Jeremy Hunt remains a popular figure in his local community. Image: CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages.

Rebekah Brooks: Bringing Some Levity To Leveson

Image: REUTERS/POOL via Reuters TV.

It’s all got bit serious here lately.

Let’s lighten things up by looking at this photo of Rebekah Brooks as she frantically tries to remember the penalty for lying under oath.

Remember, folks. No matter how awful your day has been so far, you can be assured that your failure to persuade the photocopier to operate properly is not being watched by thousands of people who are willing you to slip up and bring an entire government to it’s knees.

It’s all about perspective, y’see.