July, 2011

Murdoch hearing – which side smelt worse?

Yesterday’s Murdoch hearings – that’s what in essence they were – had so many fascinating features it’s hard to know where to start, but let’s try with the cry of the shaving-foam thrower. You didn’t know he had a cry? Apparently so. As he swung his arm and just before Murdoch’s wife whacked him good […]

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Murdoch hearing – which side smelt worse?

Yesterday’s Murdoch hearings – that’s what in essence they were – had so many fascinating features it’s hard to know where to start, but let’s try with the cry of the shaving-foam thrower. You didn’t know he had a cry? Apparently so. As he swung his arm and just before Murdoch’s wife whacked him good […]

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Man found dead. Relax, it was just suicide. Maybe.

Sean Hoare Curiouser and curiouser. So far  it’s been strictly skeletons tumbling out of the News International cupboard; now a dead man has fallen out. Sean Hoare was a showbiz journalist with The News of the World and he was the first person to blow the whistle and accuse Andy Coulson of arranging phone hacking. Coulson […]

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Man found dead. Relax, it was just suicide. Maybe.

Sean Hoare Curiouser and curiouser. So far  it’s been strictly skeletons tumbling out of the News International cupboard; now a dead man has fallen out. Sean Hoare was a showbiz journalist with The News of the World and he was the first person to blow the whistle and accuse Andy Coulson of arranging phone hacking. Coulson […]

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Nice one, Darren – but dear God, spare us the fantasies

Oh God, here we go again. I’m pleased that Darren Clarke as a fellow-Tyrone-man, a fellow-Ulsterman and a fellow-Irishman has scooped the British Open golf title. It’s a game too riddled with silly jargon  – birdies and eagles and bogeys  – to be of much interest to me, but if someone’s going to win, it’s […]

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Nice one, Darren – but dear God, spare us the fantasies

Oh God, here we go again. I’m pleased that Darren Clarke as a fellow-Tyrone-man, a fellow-Ulsterman and a fellow-Irishman has scooped the British Open golf title. It’s a game too riddled with silly jargon  – birdies and eagles and bogeys  – to be of much interest to me, but if someone’s going to win, it’s […]

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The Cloyne report and five related questions

Bishop John Magee I haven’t been following the report  on  child abuse and its supervision  (or lack of) from Cloyne diocese. It seems, however, that some clergy in that diocese failed to follow the policy that would have protected children.  Worse than failed, in fact – in one case a bishop appears to have written […]

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The Cloyne report and five related questions

Bishop John Magee I haven’t been following the report  on  child abuse and its supervision  (or lack of) from Cloyne diocese. It seems, however, that some clergy in that diocese failed to follow the policy that would have protected children.  Worse than failed, in fact – in one case a bishop appears to have written […]

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The hacking scandal – why so surprised?

Rebekah Brooks Les Hinton The greatest television theatre– certainly political television theatre – I’ve ever seen was the Watergate scandal.  I was living in Canada at the time and every night, the big American networks used to give an hour or so to the latest skeletons to fall out of the Nixon cupboard. Or maybe […]

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The hacking scandal – why so surprised?

Rebekah Brooks Les Hinton The greatest television theatre– certainly political television theatre – I’ve ever seen was the Watergate scandal.  I was living in Canada at the time and every night, the big American networks used to give an hour or so to the latest skeletons to fall out of the Nixon cupboard. Or maybe […]

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