The news that Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Brooks have been charged with
perverting the course of justice means that there’ll be at least one trial involving friends of the Prime Minister before the next election.
In cynical political terms, that Charlie has been charged as well as Rebekah creates an additional political problem for David Cameron. Part of Cameron’s explanation for how close he got to Rebekah
Brooks has always been that she married an old school friend of his. Undoubtedly, the Charlie Brooks connection added a genuine layer of friendship to relations between Rebekah Brooks and Cameron.
I suspect that if it was not for Charlie Brooks there would have been no riding of the retired police horse and the like. But now the PM’s old school friend has found himself dragged into the
middle of this scandal.
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