I think I witnessed one of the most ridiculous appearances on TV by a politician this morning. Harriet Harman was on Sky News at 8.30am. She looked like she was still waking up and I thought “Thank goodness I’m not a politician. Who would want to be up at 8am on a Saturday to be on Sky News?”.
She wanted Cameron to appoint a judge to lead the hacking inquiry TODAY. Her logic seemed crazy:
Think about what is going to happen at the end of today: the News of the World is going to be closed down, all the staff are going to be disappearing. What will happen to the computers? If a judge is really to find out what happened, not to mention the police inquiry, if all the staff are going off in different directions it would be very difficult for the judge to call on them to come and give the evidence that they know.
So a judge would go into Wapping Murdoch HQ at 9pm and start unplugging computers and sticking them in the back of his Roller would he/she?
And, as for staff going off in different directions, is it not possible that staff records may show their….er….address?
And, in any case, the staff now leaving the NOTW weren’t around when the hacking was taking place.
It really was one of the most obviously hasty, opportunist TV appearances by a politician I have ever seen.
It’s the police’s job to run criminal investigations and secure evidence.
…And this lady used to be Solicitor General. Crikey.