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Friday, 15 July 2011

The Twists & Turns of #Hackgate

The Guardian has apologised to The Sun newspaper for falsely accusing them of hacking into Gordon Brown's family's medical records.  I haven't been able to find anything in the Guardian online yet so assume the apology must be in the print editions only.

What they do have is an interesting report of a Murdoch interview in which he slams Gordon Brown and other MPs for telling "total lies" in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.  His appearance next Tuesday before the Select Committee hearing should prove interesting.

Far from Brown "getting his revenge" on Murdoch it looks as though he's merely confirmed that he's an embittered man who carries grudges and has a knack of retrospectively framing facts to fit his beliefs.

We're in interesting territory with all this.  MPs could well try to rein in the media as pay-back for its role in releasing details of their expenses; they're still smarting from the effects and many see nothing wrong with the old system.  On many levels they seem to see themselves as being above and apart from the laws and rules that govern we ordinary mortals; from pensions to tax-free perks to tax avoidance they seek to exempt themselves - not a good idea.  A phrase they're fond of throwing at each other lately is, "He [she] just doesn't get it."  I'd say it was more a case that none of them "get it" so they should tread warily.

Related:  Simon Jenkins has quite a good article about former Prime Ministers and how they dealt with life after power.   Almost everyone has a mention from Attlee to Brown.

UPDATE: HERE is the "apology", under Corrections & Clarifications. Shouldn't it have been a front page splash, like the original article?
Articles in the Guardian of Tuesday 12 July incorrectly reported that the Sun newspaper had obtained information on the medical condition of Gordon Brown's son from his medical records. In fact the information came from a different source and the Guardian apologises for its error.

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