Nicholas Leonard: Rupert Murdoch connection may be the undoing of Cameron
The British prime minister David Cameron is struggling to defend his integrity and his political judgement after a spate of damaging allegations about his most important spindoctor, the former tabloid editor Andy Coulson.
Former Labour government ministers, including John Prescott and Peter Mandelson, are among a host of MPs who are now convinced that their phones were illegally tapped during the time when Coulson was editor of the 'News of the World'.
Coulson has consistently denied he knew of any phone hacking but he was forced to resign when one of his reporters was sent to prison. Within a few months, he was back at the top of the media world as chief communications strategist for the Conservatives.