Rebekah Brooks at Leveson Inquiry: People’s pal or power broker? – CNN.com
What could be more natural than the Blairs, Browns and Camerons all falling in turn for such charms? Maybe you would too. Mince pies and mulled wine in your Oxfordshire retreat? Invite Rebekah. Girls’ slumber party at Chequers? Invite Rebekah.
But of course it can’t be natural, as Lord Justice Leveson himself stepped in to remind us. In one of his several pertinent interventions he spoke to Brooks of “relationships you have been careful to develop for professional reasons, and doubtless coincidentally for personal reasons, over the years.”
Those words “doubtless coincidentally” carry a vast weight. Even if Rebekah Brooks were Snow White and Mother Teresa rolled into one, nobody could seriously believe that the professional and the personal reasons for her friendships with political leaders just happened to coincide. And Brooks is nothing like Snow White or Mother Teresa.