Tuesday, 19 July 2011

It won't take long

Unfortunately the "Hackingate" scandal has begun to explode in an ugly fashion.  This mixture of entertainment and political manipulation has now resulted in a real victim as the news that the man who is thought to the be the original source of the Andy Coulson aspect has been found dead in his apartment.

There's not much to say here except it is clear that this has gone beyond politically motivated entertainment fodder and into another territory.  Some people are into this story for the purposes of journalism.  Others however are playing a game which involves point scoring for political reasons, shoving their face and their viewpoint on the TV. To them it is a game without consequences.  Well it would seem that no more is it without consequences.It has gone beyond taking scalps, it has taken a life now.  I wonder how long and hard they will think about the direction that and asked if their point scoring remains worth it.

Something else will however start to rise out of this.  I expect that soon will, this story will start to play out the conspiracy angle aspect, questioning the suicide.  Who knows what they will make of it and who will play along with it.  In all probability one of the cornerstones of that angle will come from quotes like this in the Daily Mail:

Last night a friend and neighbour claimed Mr Hoare had become increasingly reclusive and paranoid in recent weeks. ‘He would talk about someone from the Government coming to get him and he was always hiding in the flat with his curtains drawn and he’d say to me, “If anyone comes by, don’t say I’m in”.

Some may also draw something from the news story on the same day about the mystery of the laptop and papers of Rebekah Brooks' husband.  On the face of it it's a non story but I'm sure it won't take long before someone works something into it.

It won't take long.

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