To remind you, Downing Street former chief whip Andrew Mitchell became embroiled in a heated row with an armed police officer on September 19 last year when he was refused permission to cycle through the main gate. An alleged, heated, foul-mouthed tirade was recorded. PC Keith Wallis is accused of sending an email to the deputy chief whip, John Randall, falsely claiming that he had witnessed the incident in Downing Street. The police officer has since been charged with Miss Conduct! What I’d like to know is this. What is the reason for refusing to release the name of the female police officer? Why should we only know her as Miss Conduct?
A jury in the phone hacking trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson and six other defendants will be chosen today at the Old Bailey. The trial is expected to last up to six months…barring any interruptions from phone hackers! A group of 80 potential jurors were gathered in an effort to find 12 who could hear the case in its entirety. Of the 80 potential jurors, 48 were excused because of commitments including holidays or work. From the remaining 32, 12 will be chosen at random today to serve as the jury.
Brooks and Coulson, both former editors of the News of the World, are accused of being part of a six-year conspiracy to hack phones of celebrities, politicians and public figures at the now defunct Sunday tabloid. Brooks, who resigned from News International in July 2011, denies charges relating to phone hacking, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, namely, the permanent removal of seven boxes of archived material from the archive of News International.
Will justice be seen to be done? My concern is that during the lengthy trial, Rebekah Brooks’s flowing red locks…the source of her magic power…might reached the courtroom floor, causing the woman to exert an undue influence over the jury! Should La Brooks eventually be found guilty of several alleged offences, her hair should be shorn, a saw should be taken to her broomstick, her witches coven disbanded, her book of spells burnt, only to be replaced with The Great British Bake Off annual. Brooks should then be forced to bake…kneading dough until her fingers are red raw! Rebekah darling, you’ve been a naught girl, a very naughty girl indeed…allegedly! Oh, could I borrow your mobile phone?
Andy Coulson, the former Downing Street ‘director of communications’ has appeared in Scot-i-land’s Glasgow Sheriff’s Court charged with perjury. Personally, I would let the poor man off! After all, lying for a living is a spin doctor’s stock in trade. It is after all his job to put a positive spin on a negative situation. A decent, effective spin doctor will lie at his own reflection. Can you imagine a spin doctor…any spin doctor visiting his doctor with an annoying problem?
“Doctor, doctor…I’m in terrible trouble…what can you give me?”
“But what seems to be the problem?”
“Doctor, try as I might, I’ve not been able to prevent myself from telling the truth, and as you know, there’s no room in politics for the truth!”
Historically Dr Joseph Goebbels remains the ultimate spin doctor!