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Phone hacking: Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months

4 July 2014

4 July 2014

Andy Coulson has this morning been jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones. He was sentenced at the Old Bailey along with four colleagues: Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlberk were given 6 months, James Weatherup was jailed for four months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work, and Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work.

There are still outstanding cases to be heard, but it has been interesting to see how little political impact this case has had. There seemed to be a sense in Westminster that the hacking trial, regardless of verdict, had been factored into the pressures on the PM and therefore Coulson’s guilty verdict was less of a threat to him. There has been discussion of whether the Prime Minister was right to hire Coulson and what it says about his judgement, but on this it seems as though those who think the Prime Minister has poor judgement had already formed that opinion regardless of the fate of his former director of communications.


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  • Fergus Pickering

    Andy Coulson is a hero. I wish more editors were in jail. It would sharpen them up no end.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Pretty soon a bit of slammer time on your CV will be a major plus. Until you come to emigrate, obviously.

  • Frank

    As yes, the famous “conspiracy” case where none of the bosses had any idea of what was going on, despite the vast sums of money being spent on unknown expenses.

  • Tony_E

    Having just listened to the idiot Miliband, I rather wish that Coulson had got away with it.

    While it was happening, Miliband, Blair, Brown and all their cohorts were practically sharing spit with the Murdoch press. He has a bloody nerve to come out with his daft utterances now.

    Cameron wasn’t the one who flew to the other side of the world to beg for Murdoch’s support.

    • telemachus

      You see this is what is happening
      In the face of a Convicted Criminal in Belmarsh the right wish to air wash the sorry crew
      This tells us that the real criminals are I the Tory High Command
      *
      Will someone tell me why Cameron has not resigned
      And Osborne who recruited Coulson

      • eclair

        Possibly for the same reason that Blair and cohorts didnt resign after being caught in deceptions so many times that we ceased to be shocked, just bored with the whole Westminster Labour Dance Troupe. They performed antics to amaze the assembled population while we paid, and still are paying for them to do it and now you want it repeated…get back to your smoke and mirrors and see if you can ever make yourself anymore believable too. Clown.

        • telemachus

          Do believe
          We are coming back
          Next May will see the restoration of reasonable Government

          • eclair

            Hush child……While the grown-ups are talking.

        • Mynydd

          It’s not about deception, it’s about the law, Mr Coulson has been found guilty of braking it.

          • eclair

            Im interested in the idea that breaking the law doesnt involve deception and why you should think that. Resignation need not necessarily result because you have been caught red-handed as Blair was. The fact that he did or didnt break the law was a matter of honour as well as legalities. Honour is an old-fashioned concept it would seem. On with the dance!

          • Fergus Pickering

            So what? Have you never broken the law? Get a life.

    • Mynydd

      Mr Cameron’s dear friend Coulson has been convicted of breaking the law while editor of the News of the World. Miliband, Blair, Brown and all their cohorts were not part of the case for or against him, nor was Cameron who also went out of his way to get Murdoch’s support. Mr Miliband, along with many others, have raised the legitimate question of Mr Cameron’s judgement in first hiring Mr Coulson then taking him into No 10.

  • MikeF

    Maybe he could start up a newsletter for the warders. It could be called the News of the Screws.

    • HookesLaw

      Careful now…. thats funny.

  • HookesLaw

    18 months.
    6 months suspended
    community service

    Remind me. How long did this trial take? How much did it cost?

    • Marmalade Sandwich

      Well done CPS/DPP. Hacking trial cost £1.75m, police investigations £30m, £50m spent on defence lawyers and there are more cases to come. What a waste of my money.

    • southerner

      I agree with you (for once). Totally disproportionate for fairly small scale criminality.

      But whose knee-jerk response was to start the Levenson enquiry which cost millions? And who was the fool that employed him despite warnings from all and sundry?

      • Mynydd

        ‘ And who was the fool that employed him despite warnings from all and sundry?’ Mr Cameron.

    • Andy

      Indeed and it smacks to me that Coulson was found guilty by comment in the Guardian and the BBC. This has been more of a ‘political trial’. I read the trial reports and I saw nothing that I would have said was strong evidence.

      • Mynydd

        Mr Coulson was found guilty by a jury. That’s the way it is in the UK.

        • Andy

          A Jury that was so poisoned by the acres of coverage of this and by the campaign of villification run by the Fascist Labour Party, the Guardian and the BBC I doubt very much that it was ever possible for Coulson to have received a fair trial.

          The same goes for some other cases. The Stephen Lawrence Murder being one of them where the Fascists had to drive a coach and four through our Law and legal traditions to get the result they wanted.

  • Mike Barnes

    “There are still outstanding cases to be heard, but it has been interesting to see how little political impact this case has had.”

    It can’t really have an impact when you are friends with everybody in the press and decide what the story is. Journalists aren’t going to mean to one of their own, and the Tory press is not going to turn on Dave in case it lets in Labour.

    Look over there instead, somebody is eating a sandwich wrong. LOLZ, what a moron. HAHAHA.

    • Kitty MLB

      Who on earth would let Labour back in again..
      and if all Labour’s characters of ill repute were
      jailed we’d need to build more prisons.
      Ed Miliband’s failures have nothing to do with the press
      being somewhat personal about his eating habits or
      image and everything to do with his leadership and
      his party .

      • telemachus

        Kitty
        Ed is keeping the seat warm for the charismatic one
        *
        “I back him (Miliband) 100%. I want to be the chancellor. I don’t think there is going to be a vacancy and I think probably that is not going to be for me.
        *
        As you know this is taken as a declaration of intent to succeed

      • Wessex Man

        A very good question indeed Kitty, even in their heartlands they are losing votes and members hand over fist much like the Tories and the Lib/dums.

      • Mynydd

        ‘Who on earth would let Labour back in again’ Mr Cameron and he is doing a good job of it. Remember his senior adviser is in jail.

  • telemachus

    Should Cameron go with him?

    • HookesLaw

      Did Brown go with McBride
      *
      Sat at next desk

      • telemachus

        Not just Cameron
        Osborne aswell
        The three worked very closely from the time Coulson left the hacking job

        • Kitty MLB

          Oh dear I need to be appoved…I shall rephrase
          what I said.
          What about those in prison for stealing taxpayers money and those not in prison for the
          same.And lest we forget Blair and Brown.
          Phone hacking is hardly in the same league and
          is only of interest to those in the Westminster
          bubble..the electorate are far more interested
          in how much the farse actually cost them.
          And Cameron hacked no phones.

          • Wessex Man

            Yes what I want to know is when is piers Morgan’s trial starting?

            • telemachus

              After Farage’s prosecution under the RRA 1976 (2000amendment)

            • the viceroy’s gin

              Well, it appears they won’t be prosecuting any of the involved women, so…

          • telemachus

            Westminster bubble?
            Millie Dowler?
            You have clearly been to the Jeremy Hunt school of Moral Compass

            • Kitty MLB

              Oh, when people realised the News of The World didn’t hack Millie Dowlers phone they lost interest.And then the whole affair became about celebs and Labour wanting revenge.
              And the electorate were appalled at the amount
              of time Ed Miliband used her name for emotional blackmail .

              • telemachus

                It is the culture Kiity
                And it goes on
                The Telegraph recently door stepped your soulmate Maria’s father on the day he was discharged from hospital
                A sick man on the day he was discharged from hospital
                *
                It is beyond belief

                • Airey Belvoir

                  Maria’s father was fine about it, had an agreeable ten minute chat, no complaint from him. It is a stupid habit of lefties like you to be offended (tactically) on behalf of others who are not, themselves, offended.

                • telemachus

                  Instructed by daughter not to fuss
                  Collapsed later that evening

                • Paddy

                  Good job Andy Burnham wasn’t in charge of hospitals.

                • Andy

                  Oh yes don’t mention the North Staffs murderers.

                • Tony_E

                  McBride
                  Campbell

                  It’s the culture….

                • Holly

                  Don’t forget the trigger happy, corrupt police around at the time.

                • Andy

                  Or how they murdered poor Dr. Kelly.

              • Andy

                Correct. The Fascist Labour Party and the scummy rag The Guardian lied and 300+ people lost their jobs.

                • Mynydd

                  The News of the World was closed down by News International, as far as I know your ‘Fascist Labour Party’ and the Guardian do not own or managed the News of the World, therefore cannot, and did not, close the paper down with the loss of ‘300+jobs’

              • Mynydd

                With respect to the hacking of Millie Dowler’s phone. Who did then?

        • Kitty MLB

          Milipede should accompany the most recent
          MP in prison for stealing tax payers hard earned
          money.What did Coulson steal from the electorate ? And what the dossier regarding
          WMD. Oh Labours misdealings are really
          Quite unforgivable.

          • Mynydd

            Mr Cameron’s very close adviser Mr Coulson broke the law, get over it.

          • Mynydd

            If I was still in school I may have called him Milipede, but now I have grown up I call him Miliband. Please give me the evidence as to what tax payers hard earned money Mr Miliband has stolen, I’ll then take it to the police, because that’s what grown up people do.
            Mr Coulson was not charged of stealing from the electorate,

        • Holly

          Nearly.

      • Mynydd

        Did Mr McBride brake the law?

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