Michael White in the Guardian aptly likens May's line with the Vatican saying "If you have any complaints, children, you must bring your evidence to Father O'Grope"
It is blindingly obvious that the investigation into the NoTW phone surveillance affair needs to be handed over to a police force other than the Met, just as it is obvious that there needs to be an independent review into the whole affair, Coulson, Met, and News International, by HMIC and/or an independant judicial review.
This affair has three layers:
- Andy Coulson, how much he knew.
- The Met, why they drew back from investigating the full extent of hacking
- The influence of News International on the Met.
Nick Cohen has an interesting piece that covers these points.
I believe it would be useful to have a media-wide amnesty, so that all hackers and tappers could come out and confess without risking jail. That will cleanse the Augean stables, and we can start again with new rules to protect intrusions into privacy by tabloid journalists in search of meaningless sleb exclusives.