There has been a Twitterstorm on the topic - for one day last week it was among the top topics on twitter, so Metgate joins the IranElections, JanMoir and Trafiigura as one of the issues where people power has had an influence on affairs. We brought a lot of pressure on the BBC to cover the story.
One of the unique but not unexpected features of the scandal is how the Murdoch organs' coverage has been as scanty as the dress worn by its Page 3 girls. So I tried a little Sun editor headlines, wht kind wot they would have wrote if the boot had been on the other political foot.
Here we go:
HAGUE GAY SIN TALE TO SAVE DAVE SPINDOC JAIL?
SODDING PLODS GIVE NOD TO PHONE-HACK JOBS
MET LET MURDOCH SPINDOC GET OFF SHOCK
MET TURNS ITS BACK ON JET SET HACK
COPS HOP IN BED WITH MURDOCH SHOCK
2 JAGS NAGS COPS ON HACKS HACK JOB
HT to @Michael101Hall , who picked up on it with: PREZZA SLAMS MET CAM PHONE SCAM SHAM
It all ended with a memo from Rupert Murdoch to his news editors:
DON'T WASTE YOUR INK ON METGATE STINK: CLINK LINK
Here are some other tweets:
"The relationship between the Metropolitan Police and News International is now a matter of public concern." http://fwd4.me/cUo (this was retweeted 100+ times)
I liked this:
@bloggerheads Anyone seen Nick Clegg today? Has he got some really important hiding under the bed to do right now?
Andy #Coulson offers to talk to police re #MetGate: http://bit.ly/ac7qte < Like a fungus offering to talk to an apple?
More than one tweeps have given thought to Andy Coulson's replacement. It was suggested that Richard Littlejohn & Melanie Phillips might be free.
Finally, I have been extending a helping hand to William Hague, who has probably been a bit stressed lately.Apparently Hague suggested Coulson for No10 job - and the Sunday Independent reports that Coulson suggested that Hague make his statement of denial of a improper relationship.
@WilliamJHague Hope you had restful w/e. Now, this Indie report: http://bit.ly/dnEUz0 Surely #Coulson did not nudge you to make statement?
No reply from Little Willie yet. No doubt he is busy on foreign affairs.