Very nice by Brian Cathcart:
If the Sunday Times was really interested in those exercising secret influences over important institutions, it would surely be writing about a foreign-owned company that has long enjoyed direct and unrecorded access to successive prime ministers and is also alleged (by the police themselves) to have corrupted police officers.
One former senior employee of this company sits in the Cabinet and and another was – before being forced to resign and charged with serious crimes – David Cameron’s chief media adviser. And then there is the company’s former chief executive (also now awaiting trial), who enjoyed private dinners and horse-riding with Mr Cameron, who exchanged intimate texts and emails with him, and who before that was also, remarkably, on intimate terms with Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.
I'm taking it as a good sign that Leveson's supporters are showing quite a bit of joie de combat, but having said that I can't figure out what will happen when Leveson finally makes his report. This is clearly about the relationship between three gangs - in media, politics, and the cops - but operating at a much higher level of interdependence than conventional gangs, so whereas in normal circumstances it would make sense to conclude that the surviving two would be happy with the liquidation of the third party, this logic doesn't quite apply here. It would be genuinely interesting to see what, say, Diego Gambetta would make of it all.