But now Coulson has been delivered into the hands of a penal system which the tabloid papers consistently targeted for being 'soft' and 'too liberal' on prisoners who were not really being punished fro their crimes.
His new reality includes wearing prison-issue underwear previously worn by other inmates.
Welcome, Andy Coulson, to the world you made. At least to the extent that prison is a harsher environment than it used to be.
Elsewhere Rolf - or 'Harris' as he is now officially known, spoken with a moue of disgust - got just shy of six years. Talking about it with Mrs Treasure it emerged that both of us felt the tiniest bit sorry for him, not for good or justifiable reasons but entirely because of childhood memories. Old Rolfie had the knack of making young people happy, until he actually got his hands on them.