Telephone Hacking — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:43 pm on 1st March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Prescott Lord Prescott Labour 2:43 pm, 1st March 2011

Does the noble Lord recognise that this phone hacking-a criminal act-has undermined the public's trust not only in the Murdoch press but in the Metropolitan Police? Senior officers and the commissioner attended private social functions given by Murdoch at the time of the investigation. Is that not unacceptable? Is he aware that the Murdoch defence of a rogue reporter was exposed by the production of e-mails by the Murdoch press that were not made available to the original inquiry, causing further inquiries by the Metropolitan Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and, my God, now even the Press Complaints Commission? God knows what will happen to that one. Therefore, can the Minister assure this House that no consideration will be given to the BSkyB application by the Murdoch press until the results of these inquiries are known?

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d gadfly
Posted on 2 Mar 2011 9:06 pm (Report this annotation)

Get off, Prescott!

Criminal act, you say?

How about the even more criminal act of perverting the course of justice (in the Gaul and Derbyshire public inquiries), defrauding the public and harassing and intimidating witnesses?
Or is this phone-hacking fuss your means of deflecting the focus away from your own sins?

One day, very soon, it will be your turn to get investigated.
Then we'll be sending you pork pies by catapult through your cell window bars.