"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Coulson Cleared

The Metropolitan Police will not reopen its investigation into phone tapping by employees of News of the World because of insufficient evidence, Assistant Commissioner John Yates said in a statement this evening.

"No additional evidence has come to light since the case was concluded. I therefore consider that no further investigation is required."... "Their potential targets may have run into hundreds of people but our inquiry showed they only used the tactic against a far smaller number of individuals. It's important to recognise that our inquiry showed that, in the vast majority of cases, there was insufficient evidence to show that tapping had actually been achieved."

Yates also specifically rejected allegations that John Prescott's phone had been hacked into. "This investigation has not uncovered any evidence to suggest that John Prescott's phone had been tapped."

So there we have it. That will wipe the smile from the face of the government's spin and smear machine.

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