Tom Harris has appeared before Select Committees as a Minister, is now an Opposition Backbench MP, and has been both a working journalist and a press officer before entering Parliament.
It is a superb backgrounder to the hearings where Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks will attend the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee this afternoon.
They cover a number of areas, including:
What is the nature of a Select Committee?
Does a Select Committee have the power to compel an answer?
Why didn’t Labour deal with the HackGate affair?
Gus O’Donnell’s advice to Gordon Brown not to hold an enquiry earlier.
The implications for David Cameron.
John Yates’ resignation.
Where will this end up?
What are the potential political outcomes?
Do we actually need to create new press regulatory machinery, or should this be treated as within the scope of Criminal Law?
Charon QC has been blogging for many years, and publishes podcasts (RSS feed) about UK Legal Affairs, and sometimes how they impinge on politics, regularly. He also does a regular legal commentary podcast Without Prejudice (explained), hosted with David Allen Green and Carl Gardner.
The post image is also a Charon QC production. Murdoch as a potentially dead shark put on public exhibition has a certain resonance.
My view is that it will be the image of Rupert Murdoch, the dark power broker behind the scenes, potentially humiliated by a couple of hours of sharp questioning, which risks damaging his potency as much as the possible legal threat.
He could turn into a Scooby-Doo villain. Or, of course, he might not.
I think that Mr Murdoch will be more persistent than Danny Darrow, but I do think that the end of Fear of Murdoch will be important, which is one reason why his best strategy may be to use the assembled phalanx of Enquiries and Police Investigations as an excuse for saying no more than did the Maxwells.
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