The Leveson inquiry is in part two of its three parts and now is looking at the corruption of public officials by the press, and this time it seems mainly by Sun journalists. The suspicion has to be that the Metropolitan Police Service was being corrupted by its links, financial and otherwise, to News International. That leaves us in the unfortunate situation of Met investigating itself, which can hardly be reassuring no matter how good a job Sue Akers, an Assistant Commissioner of the Met, is doing.
One of the many mistakes made in the last police inquiry was not to look for who gave the orders and benefited from the crime. Mulcaire and Goodman served their sentences and continued to be financed by News International. Mulcaire is now looking down the barrel of a possibly far longer stay inside and must feel that he’s already done his time and it should now be the turn of someone else. As it seems like an awful lot of the phone hacking went through Mulcaire, shouldn’t he be given the chance of immunity in return for full disclosure of the involvement of News International and its journalists.
I don’t know how this works although I suspect that Akers needs to bring in the Crown Prosecution Service. If Mulcaire is ready to spill the beans the same offer can be made to the implicated journalists and so on, until the top people of this criminal conspiracy are bought to justice.
Statements by Gove attacking the Leveson inquiry and by Boris Johnson attacking police resources being spent on their inquiry, suggest that senior levels of the Conservative party would be happy for it to go away. Can we really trust the Home Secretary, Theresa May, not to lean on the Met? Much of Britain’s tabloid press is also under fire so the public and those broadsheets that have shown they are willing to expose the wrongdoing should be on their guard.