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Andy Coulson: No Inquiry Until Daily Telegraph Wants One

by | 6th, September 2010

ANDY Coulson is front–page news on the Independent and Guardian . He is not front-page news on any other paper. The allegation is that Coulson, now the director of communications at that No 10, knew journalists were hacking the phones of prominent people when he was their editor at the News of The World . He denies this.

The paper’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, was sentenced to four months in prison for intercepting phone messages.

The New Statesman sums up the story in one line:

The allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World could be reinvestigated if new evidence comes to light.

So. Is there any new evidence of goings on four years ago?

Tory minister Michael Gove says the latest bout of news is “recycled”. There is nothing new. Well, not quite. There is the testimony of former NoTW hack Sean Hoare who says Coulson knew all about the ahcking. But he has yet to back up his allegations with proof.

So. Gove is right. But the whiff of scandal is being fanned by leading Labour politician. At the weekend we were invited to wonder if Peter Mandelson was a victim of illegality?

The Guardian tells its readers:

Lord Mandelson, the former business secretary, was named as the latest possible target of News of the World phone message hacking. He said today he was not the source of the story and did not wish to comment.

So says a statement from the master spin doctor.

And then there is John Prescott. He wants know if his phone was hacked.

The police are listening. Assistant Commissioner John Yates has asked the New York Times to whom Hoare made his statement to provide it with any new material it has.

Yates says there is

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