News International – a new curiousity

Sometimes in scandals, it is pertinent to look for what is not being talked about. Amid all the accusations of politicisation being thrown by Conservative politicians, not least London’s esteemed Mayor, one thing seems to have gone unnoticed.

Which Conservative politicians were phone hacked?

I cannot think of one -  though this would suggest that Tories have also been phone hacked.

Labour MPs that were victims of hacking seem to have been informed. Some of those who have, such as John Prescott, have been campaigning on the issue since, and particularly strongly, given that these are not private citizens (who it would be reprehensible to hack), but citizens with electoral mandates from many tens of thousands of people. If you voted for one of those MPs, this is as much a slight against your vote as it is against that MPs person.

One would have expected Conservative MPs, damaged in their duty to represent their constituents where confidentiality is required in their affairs, to have also kicked up a stink. There are currently 206 Conservative MPs, many of whom enjoy a quite welcome reputation for being relatively independent of mind.

If they have been hacked, it is their duty to protect the interests of their constituents and speak out – not to ignore their interests in order to protect Murdoch and co.

To his credit as a local MP, Soham’s representative in the Chamber, James Paice MP, has now spoken out. But he had also not been hacked. Thus far to my mind not a single Tory MP has publicly complained of being hacked.

Isn’t that funny?

Two supplementaries arise from this curiosity.

1)

  • Have Conservative MPs been made subject to Parliamentary discipline of some kind over the issue?

  • If so, why is David Cameron protecting News International against the constituents of his MPs?

2)

  • If this is not so, why won’t Tory MPs that have been hacked speak out, on behalf of their constituents?

3 thoughts on “News International – a new curiousity

  1. Yes. Sometimes the truth lies in the opposite direction to where everyone is looking. I wonder if the reality of the matter is that amongst all those emails which allegedly have vanished into the ether, quite a few will show that Tory MPs *were* also hacked – but if this came to light, then any potential leverage Murdoch could continue to maintain over British politics would truly disappear in the generalised outrage.

  2. I suspect Prescott took his phone down to be hacked asking for god sake do mine mate. They hacked it and found ten thousand fish and chip shops, and the local pie shop.

    Why is it four labour MP’s headed to jail with only one Tory lord, because lets be honest a few more labour MP’s were dam lucky to get away with it.

    Then again I suspect the hacker could not tell which one of the people he hacked were LABOUR and which were TORY

  3. Now Brown has spoke is it fact! or a story well we did see about his son having a disablity, he cried we are told.

    But he did a good bit of spinning in Parliment the olnly way people could get him back, he stated that he was told not to have an review not to look into the hacking, I was told by my advisors, but it’s the same as Blair saying brown made me, who the hell was leader of the country an advisor or the Prime minister, was Blair in charge then sack brown, was Brown in charge of the country or his advisors, looks like his advisor, now those advisor have hit back saying hold on mate we told you it was up to you your the leader.

    Brown again looks second rate.

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