Wednesday 6 July 2011 by Spacey

News International step up search for plausible scapegoat


News International have revealed they will stop at nothing in their efforts to find a plausible scapegoat to take the blame for the News of the World hacking scandal.

The Rupert Murdoch owned media conglomerate have passed emails to the police which appear to show the face of former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, with a big arrow pointing to him and the words ‘It was just him’ written in luminous marker pen.

MPs are to hold an urgent debate on Wednesday into whether to hold a further debate about whether they should hold an inquiry into whether there should be a public inquiry into phone hacking.

A Whitehall insider said, “We will look long and hard at ways in which we can look long and hard at this situation.”

“We will not act prematurely, particularly whilst there’s a strong possibility we’ll come out of this whole thing stinking to high heaven.”

“Let’s wait until News International hang someone out to dry and see how we all feel about it then, hmm?”

News International scapegoat

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, News International’s director of corporate affairs Simon Greenberg, said: “We think that we have already proven without doubt that there are no levels to which we will not stoop in order to resolve this matter to our satisfaction.”

“It is vitally important that we pass any information to the police which we feel will deflect attention away from News International.”

“It’s only fair that we co-operate fully with the police in their investigations, after all they co-operated fully with us in trying to cover the whole thing up.”

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