Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand gal is back in the news and back in jail. How much damage will her latest setback do to Britain’s PM, David Cameron? From Guardian UK:
Rebekah Brooks is among six people arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, as part of the investigation into phone hacking. The former News International chief executive was arrested at her home in Oxfordshire by detectives from Operation Weeting. Sources also said that her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, was arrested…
The former Sun and News of the World editor was held in the summer 48 hours after she resigned as News International’s chief executive.
Rebekah Brooks became editor of the News of the World in 2000, before moving to the same position at the Sun in 2003. A close confidante of Rupert Murdoch in her time at the titles, she was elevated to become chief executive at News International in 2009, until she was forced to resign in July of last year as hacking allegations mounted in the wake of the revelation that a phone belonging to missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler was targeted.
Both Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are close Oxfordshire neighbours of David Cameron. Their friendship with the prime minister came under fresh scrutiny recently after Cameron admitted he did ride a retired police horse lent to Rebekah Brooks by Scotland Yard in 2008…
The Cameron angle was stressed in today’s Daily Beast:
Some Murdoch watchers have even insinuated that Cameron’s friendship with Rebekah Brooks could be stronger than his friendship with her husband. Rebekah was a guest at Cameron’s 40th-birthday party in October 2006, even though her future husband was reportedly not on the list. And a Vanity Fair story last month claimed the two were so close that Cameron signed letters to her, “Love, David.”
Pull yourself together, man! Don’t you know those hot-tempered redheads — Daily Beast called Rebekah the “flame-haired Murdoch favorite” — are nothing but trouble? I thought you were a stalwart advocate of austerity… or did you merely mean austerity for the poor?
Footnote: Why did the Daily Beast article sound like something out of Vanity Fair? Oh, of course — Tina Brown.