In all my born days I’ve never seen a scandal which involved, simultaneously, Parliament, Government, Judiciary, Police and Press.
The wonder of it is that the publicity-seeking Archbishop of Canterbury hasn’t (yet), managed to get the Church involved as well.
It’s the oldest story in the book: Hubris. News Corp got too powerful for its own good.
It could destroy whoever it wished; it could sway an electorate; it could bend potentates, politicos and policemen to its will.
Dangerous stuff – especially when the power is handed to youngsters: James Murdoch is 40, the flame-haired temptress is 43.
When tyrants grow old, and their power is devolved to young people untutored by experience and unfettered by responsibility, watch out. Power without responsibility equals danger – as Stanley Baldwin warned.
Police, Press, Parliament, the Judiciary and Government are supposed to be there to protect us and secure our liberties.
When they turn against us, who is there to protect us?