Monday 19 March 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Coulson faces a red card after scoring with sleaze

The dirty tricks used by the News of the World now haunt its former editor, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

I haven't got much sympathy for Andy Coulson, director of communications at Number 10 Downing Street, as politicians and press call for his blood.

His enemies are alleging that when editor of the News of the World, he knew about the phone-hacking that landed one of his journalists in jail in January 2007.

Coulson resigned then to protect himself and proprietor Rupert Murdoch from embarrassing scrutiny and went to work for David Cameron, who believed he must emulate Tony Blair by having a ruthless bully as media handler.

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