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Will David Cameron meet Rebekah Brooks? It’s a ‘nightmare scenario’ for the PM

26 June 2014

5:47 PM

26 June 2014

5:47 PM

A visibly emotional Rebekah Brooks has just delivered her first public comment since her acquittal in the hacking trial. Flanked by her husband Charlie, she thanked the jury for finding her innocent.

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Brooks, though, emphasised that she couldn’t say much more because of ‘future trials’. This was yet another reminder that there remain legal constraints on the discussion of this subject.

I suspect too that they’ll be a certain amount of relief in Downing Street that Brooks did not engage with the questions from the assembled press pack about whether or not she had heard from the Prime Minister. If Brooks does choose to return to Chipping Norton, Cameron will face a tricky decision over whether he can be seen with her socially. One Tory described this to me today as ‘the nightmare scenario’ for Cameron, whose brother remains good friends with Charlie Brooks. It is, though, thought more likely that Brooks will head to Australia or California to start a new chapter in her life. ​

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  • Fergus Pickering

    Really everybody is nasty to Rebekah Brooks. I think Cameron should meet her and go on meeting her As for those who don’t like it,fuck ’em. She’s a honey. And she’s NOT GUILTY! Hahahah. And hard cheese the lot of you.

    Murdoch for ever.

  • rtj1211

    I thought that the Press had implied that romping in the hay in Chipping Norton had already taken place……..not that that implies any truth, of course…….

  • Mynydd

    Of course Mr Cameron will meet her, how else can he give her a second chance.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Oh for goodness sake. Wade is innocent. Who cares except for a bunch of mindless onanists in the Westminster Freakshow who she bumps into (Coulson might be entertaining but other than that…..). Are the media seriously rubbing themselves off to this mindless twaddle? Can they get any more childish?

    • HookesLaw

      The media need this sort of frenzy, if it does not come naturally they make it up. But then – the media the press apparently are beyoind reproach they must not be regulated.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …unless you socialist nutters have something to say about it, eh laddie?

        • rtj1211

          So you think that the media making up stories to create ‘outrage’ is anything other than nuttiest nuts do you??

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …as I say…

    • rtj1211

      The Sun cared about a lot of things which most people couldn’t give a damn about and destroyed a lot of people’s lives doing it.

      If nothing else, this may have exposed Rebekah Brooks to what Press behaviour on the other side is like.

      I doubt she’ll learn from it, but at least she’s experienced it.

      • Fergus Pickering

        Which people’s lives were destroyed? Hugh Grant seems to be doing all right and poor Millie Dowler is dead already.

  • victor67

    Perhaps the last 2 years have opened her eyes to the treatment dished out to those in the crosshairs of the gutter press. I am sure the dirty digger has greased her palm and bought Coulson’s silence now that he will find out how cushy clink is. Well done to the Guardian for significant wounds to the Murdoch empire. The most corrupt and malignant force in British society. They really believed they controlled both the Police and politicians.

    • The Masked Marvel

      If you think La Brookes has learned a single valuable lesson other than to burn the evidence and have people offed even more quickly than before, you’re sadly mistaken. These people do not learn anything other than how to grasp more firmly and cravenly, or how better to avoid consequences.

      Oh, and the BBC is the most corrupt and malignant force in British society. They really do control the news agenda, and try every day to control the nation’s news agenda, and to influence public discourse opinion.

      • victor67

        I think you are right about Brookes. To get to where she was she had to be quite Psychopathic.
        The BBC is by and large a castrated organization that serves the political elite. It is pretty much irrelevant. You credit it with far more power and influence than it actually has.

    • Castilian

      “The most corrupt and malignant force in British society.”

      What, you mean like more than the LibDems?

    • HookesLaw

      Thanks for your generous dose of hysteria. The guardian told lies about hacking and the Dowler case. Why are News International any worse than Guardian Media Group or Mirror Group. Which ever way you look at it the press are pathetic.

  • swatnan

    Good to see handsome red top Rebekah looking so radiant and flushed after her long and tortuous ordeal and having to put up with the villanous spiteful Media coverage of her trials. From her comments she still seems to have a soft spot for Mr Coulson, and feels that he was hard done by.
    Its also good to see Editors and Proprietors doorstoped and subject to the full onslaught of the paparazzi, just like us ordinaryfolk have to face every other day.

    • rtj1211

      Of course she had a soft spot for Mr Coulson, she wouldn’t have been sleeping him otherwise.

    • Fergus Pickering

      He was hard done by. Phone hacking? Who cares. The people who know ALL about you are in Government. They are the enemy..Murdoch is your friend. Who would you rther be on a desert island with, Rupert Murdoch or Ed Milibum? But best of all would be the divine Rebekah!

  • you_kid

    wrong question – will there be a super injunction put on reporting it if they did?

    • you_kid

      Broken Britain
      No one believes there was only one fall guy.
      Honestly – who are you trying to kid? Not the you_kids.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …you need to get the goat sockpuppet in here for sure, lad.

  • In2minds

    It’s Tom Watson I feel sorry for!

    • Kitty MLB

      Oh yes, Tom Watson ( who clearly saw himself as Dr Watson
      aka Sherlock Holmes) His marriage even finished because
      of his obsession with Murdoch.

    • HookesLaw

      He has admitted he was wrong, on the BBC. Not sure if he has apologised.

      • P_S_W

        He didn’t.

  • Alexsandr

    who cares?
    on today yesterday they were asking if all this was over the top considering the amount the trial cost. And whether the police should have been better used tacking real crimes. Or even if phone hacking should not be criminal but a civil matter.
    if you dont want your phone hacking you can always turn off voice mail. or change the pin.

    • HookesLaw

      Mr Nelson was saying it shows how the press do not need regulating since the press exposed it, but the defendants were claiming it was a police establishment witch hunt.
      Seems to me a plain vanilla code of press regulation would be better and cheaper.

      • Alexsandr

        hacking phones is against the law. so the criminal law has found the bad boys guilty and will sentence them.
        what we dont need is politicians having any say in regulating the press. The actions if Maria Miller threatening the telegraph shows they are not to be trusted.
        Of course the best regulation is if people find the actions of the press distasteful is to stop buying the papers. which seems to be happening.

        • southerner

          Wasting your time pointing that out to socialists like Hook. Control is their default position.

          • HookesLaw

            I’m a conservative southerner old chap, not a white supremacist extreme right wing nutjob like you. Can you explain how you manage to type with your head stuck down the toilet?

            • the viceroy’s gin

              …it’s amusing that you’re still trying to crossdress as a “conservative”, lad. And it’s even funnier recently, since you’ve come out as a full scale socialist nutter. Congratulations.

        • HookesLaw

          I still think its a moot point if listening to voicemails is against the law (ie the Regulation of Investigative Powers Act 2000 – an act which is all about actually allowing suitable people to spy, like your local council).
          The other point is was it known at the time if it was illegal? From what I read the police considered the above Act did not cover the hacking of voicemail messages unless they had not yet been listened to by the intended recipient.

          Legal or not it could be considered – it surely is – immoral. Do the press themselves have a code of practice on this? Was there one at the time? Mr Nelson does not think the press should be regulated – can he tell us what his code of conduct should be? If any?

          And I also read that there is no public interest defence for anyone caught breaking the act for phone hacking. Yet we have the Guardian publishing top secret information obtained from a self confessed spy. And none of them are in court as far as I can see.

          • rtj1211

            Why is your local council a ‘suitable spy’??

            What do they have the right to know??

        • rtj1211

          ON the contrary, the politicians are the ONLY people who should regulate the Press. They are answerable to the people, whereas the Press are answerable only to themselves.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Yes, you socialist nutters always do like destroying freedom and liberty, don’t you?

      • rtj1211

        Mr Nelson is a sing-for-your-supper type who is so off with the fairies when it comes to Press behaviour.

        It’s like getting an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to suggest that all his members were racist.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          It’s like getting one of you authoritarian socialist nutters to actually cease destroying freedom and liberty.

    • dado_trunking

      Will you apologist loons kindly shut the fork up?
      Phone hacking remains a CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
      You hack my phone or attempt to hack my phone or threaten to hack my phone and I will personally fork you in the a**e, hard.

      • Alexsandr

        you dont sound old enough to use complicated electronic apparatus, but you can guard against people hacking your voice mail by changing the password from the factory setting. Now I know people like Hugh Grant obviously found that difficult, but I am sure you can RTFM and manage it.
        or better still turn off voice mail. its just annoying and people will ring you back anyway.

        • dado_trunking

          erhm … nOOOO!
          I will use my voicemail or not as I see fit and if you hacked my phone or attempted to hack my phone or threatened to hack my phone and I will personally fork you in the a**e, hard.

          Gangnam style.

          • Alexsandr

            delightful character aren’t you? When do you see your therapist again?
            you really need to learn that the companies that flog us communications devices and services dont give a monkeys about our privacy, and governments want to see what we are up to as well. OK, hacking is illegal, but there are plenty of people thinking of ways of getting your personal data and unless you wise up and think how to be safe then you are at risk. And you wont know who they are or even if they have your data, so your threats of violence are futile.

            • dado_trunking

              I am a very delightful character indeed, once I have made myself clear. Making yourself clear IS therapy. Have I made myself clear?

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …so that’s one clear sockpuppet down, and the rest of your sockpuppet army to go, eh lad?

            • rtj1211

              It’s very easy to know they have your data. You write something on your PC, share it with no-one, and see exactly that story come out in the main Press (like Sky Sports) the next day. Now if I were talking something obviously predictable, that would be one thing. I wrote absolutely left-field stuff to test the hackers and got my confirmation within hours.

              James Murdoch would confirm that if he knew that his children would die if he refused to tell the truth, the whole truth and leave nothing of the whole truth out………

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …you mean sockpuppet style, don’t you laddie?

            • dado_trunking

              For you viceroy I will do it Jesus Quintana style. Woooop woooop!

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …is that another one of your sockpuppets, lad?

                • dado_trunking

                  stop asking questions and google it, you muppet

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …it’s amusing that this troll thinks its drivel is worthy of research.

                  How’s the goat, lad?

        • Count Dooku

          I’m more worried that people still converse on fixed line telephones in 2014.

      • Iain Hill

        Try anger management?

        • dado_trunking

          My therapist instructed me to do this.
          Should I cancel my next appointment with him?

  • telemachus

    You choose your friends

    • The Masked Marvel

      Tony Blair, for example.

      • HookesLaw

        Blair chose Brookes as a friend when she was ‘Wade’. He took her dining to a posh resaurant and they ended up at a party run by a lobbyist.

        • telemachus

          Dave’s friends week on week included Charlie Rebekah and philandering N Sloper Clarkson
          Elizabeth Murdoch joined then but probably only alternate weekends
          *
          For political reasons Cameron’s weekends are now lonely affairs
          *
          Never mind Dave will have more time next May to forge some new friends

          • Alexsandr

            they can make him mid east peace envoy. the current incumbent is clearly rubbish at it.
            he can have ed b0110cks as his no 2 as he may be looking for a job next may considering his slim majority

            • telemachus

              I think you will find that Ed is becoming increasingly popular in Morley and Outwood

              • Alexsandr

                what about tingley and bruntcliffe?

                • telemachus

                  If you read the Morley Observer you will see how much they love him there as well

                • Alexsandr

                  difficult paper to find in warwickshire
                  maybe he could be a new star turn at a revitilised Batley variety Club

                • telemachus

                  Warwickshire is almost the Home Counties
                  That tells us a lot

                • Alexsandr

                  last time I looked WCC played at a place in Brum. Thats midlands for the geographically illeterate.

                • HookesLaw

                  You can read it on line. I don’t recommend it, its full of paeans of praise for Ed Balls from… Ed Balls.

              • Kitty MLB

                How on earth is Ed Miliband popular anywhere,
                he is really not what they call a ‘people person’?

                • telemachus

                  Ladybird you know well which Ed I was championing

          • Kitty MLB

            Oh dear, I remember when Ed Miliband attended
            a Murdoch party, to try and toady up to that man.But nothing compares to Blair being God Father to a baby Murdoch and those Pyjama
            parties hosted at chequers.

            • telemachus

              Not the same as the power and influence that comes with living out of each other’s pockets week on week

        • The Masked Marvel

          He’s apparently been advising her recently about this whole…er….affair. A friend in need, indeed.

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