The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are to face charges relating to phone hacking, handing the former News of the World editors the chance of finding out exactly how similar prisons are to holiday camps.
The two are to be charged with conspiring to access the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, and face the prospect of a long stay in a venue “more akin to an all-inclusive Butlins stay than a prison”.
As one former Sun reader explained, “Over the years we’ve marvelled at The Sun’s investigative journalism, and it’s breakthrough reports on how prison is no deterrent to criminals, with inmates merely pampered and treated at the expense of the tax payer.”
“I look forward to reading their expose from the ‘inside’ on how the gym and exercise facilities are better than you’d find on any council estate.”
“Maybe they can take a course? I hear the distance learning packs are quite good for those wanting to learn about Business Ethics.”
Coulson and Brooks charged
However some observers have insisted that it would be wrong to condemn the pair before they have had their day in court and had the opportunity to present their case to a jury of their peers.
“I think we should wait and hear the facts of the case first. Making snap judgements about their guilt or innocence is not the job of the general public.”
“That’s the job of the tabloid editors.”