A brief summary from the FT.
This describes the leads that John Yates refused to follow.
This is why the police are thick as thieves with News International.
The former assistant commissioner who had headed the original inquiry, Andy Hayman, by now had left Scotland Yard and gone to work for the organisation that he had been investigating, News International. This link also describes a meeting between the police and the Crown Prosecution service which decided that "The appropriate strategy is to ringfence the case to minimise the risk of extraneous matters being included.""
LibDem Chris Huhne wrote "It is extraordinary that Assistant Commissioner John Yates summarily refused to look at the evidence again" in July 2009.
The matter is straining the Coalition.
Amid all the complexity, it is good to drink at the fountain of certainty. To paraphrase
@ChrisGurr and Andrew Neil;
If Coulson didn't know of the huge sums of money being paid to hackers; from a budget he controlled; he's incompetent. If he did, then he is a liar.
The Tory response is to
- Try to discredit the main named witness, Sam Hoare, because of drink and drug problems in the past. In fact he came across on R4 as an extremely credible witness.
- Say there is no new evidence. In fact there are more than 12 potential witnesses put in the NYT article. What we need is a general amnesty so that journalists can come forward and talk about their practices without fear of prosecution.
- Finally, the solution offered by Theresa May is totally unacceptable. It is no good the Met talking to Coulson again. The Met is part of the problem. The investigation needs to be done by an outside police force.