Corruption has already been shown to reach to the very top of the British establishment, but the question that is on everybody’s lips is; quite how far and to what extent has it reached?
The expenses scandals have and are still being investigated, with new cases coming to light all the time. The hacking scandal and its investigations are also ongoing and now yet another controversy is getting uncovered.
Now, despite the fact that Mr. Cameron has been desperately trying to cover for his friends and associates, it seems that justice is eventually on the way for Coulson and Brooks. This time not only will they be facing charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, in connection with the phone hacking investigation, but now will face political corruption charges as well.
Operation Elveden, a Scotland Yard investigation into political corruption has been underway for 11 months and so far 52 people have been arrested in connection with this investigation. 21 of those arrested either still or formerly worked for Rupert Murdoch at News International but those arrested also include Metropolitan police officers, MOD staff and prison officials.
Operation Elveden is being run alongside two others: Operation Weeting, which is looking at allegations of phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, an inquiry into accusations of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.
On Tuesday 20th November, both Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor and Rebecca Brooks, former editor of the Sun Newspaper and close personal friend of Cameron were again charged by the police. They and three others, including Clive Goodman who has already served a prison sentence for his part in the phone hacking scandal, are to be brought before the courts charged with political corruption.
Former News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman will be charged, alongside Coulson and Brooks, with two conspiracies relating to the request and authorisation of alleged payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the “Green Book”.
Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is accused of leaking information to the now-defunct News of the World about the police inquiry into whether to reopen the investigation into phone hacking. In addition a counter-terrorism detective had already been charged and is due to face trial in January.
As yet no politicians have been charged but surely that will soon come, so how many of them are involved? And is the Prime Minister complicit?
He certainly did all he could do to defend both Coulson and Brooks but by his comments yesterday he seems to be in a great hurry to distance himself from the controversy.
My book “A Plague of Dissent” a fictitious story of greed and corruption; where riots and civil unrest are turning the country upside and where media companies hack into personnel communications at will, in search of their next headline. And, where a small group of men are attempting to use the anarchy that is spreading across the country, to further their own agendas.
How close will it come to the real thing?