I am listening to BBC radio 5 to the House of Commons Select Committee interviewing Rupert Murdoch and his son James.
Before them was Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police John Yates and Sir Paul Stephenson, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Listening to Stephenson made me wonder how he got his position as he seemed extremely incompetent; he kept saying he did not know.
By the sound of it he did not want to know, he is a policeman, who should be checking things out.
Paul Stephenson saw nothing wrong with his second in command John Yates being friends with an ex News of the World editor Neil Wallis.Both men will go to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for the way in which they handled the phone-hacking inquiry.
Yates will be questioned over why he failed to tell the culture select committee or the home affairs select committee that the former deputy editor of the News of the World Neil Wallis had been employed by the Met as a strategic communications consultant.
He had been cross-examined in detail by the MPs Tom Watson and Jim Sheridan over his relationship with Wallis, but did not mention the contract or his friendship.
Nobody asked the obvious question whether Yates’s friendship with Wallis didn’t make him the wrong person to investigate phone-hacking at the News Of The World as he did in a limited way in 2007 and refused to reopen in 2009 despite new evidence.