The Independent asks “Is this Britain’s Watergate? In the article:
“At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Cameron defended his decision to appoint Mr Coulson but admitted his relationship with senior members of the Murdoch empire had been too close. “The deeper truth is this… because party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers we turned a blind eye to the need to sort this issue, get on top of the bad practices, to change the way our newspapers are regulated,” he said. “I want to deal with it.” Mr Cameron said he now thought it was wrong to keep Ms Brooks at the company: “It has been reported that she offered her resignation over this and in this situation, I would have taken it.”
Watch this space – others may now be seeking his.
There are now allegations that News International executives deleted hundreds of thousands of internal emails relating to phone hacking. Coulson denied that he knew anything about the phone hacking, and Cameron’s senior staff were warned about Coulson before he became Prime Minister and took Coulson on as his Director of Communications. Cameron has denied any “specific” knowledge of such advice.
It’s always the attempt to cover-up that does the damage. I was living in Washington when Watergate break-in occurred in mid-1972; just like Watergate, this story grows legs by the day and is now certain to be long-running. Cameron could well go the way of Nixon who resigned eventually in 1974. It might well not take that long for Cameron.